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The Liberty Boys and DeKalb, or, Dick Slater's last bullet
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Mag a z1ne Containi n g Sto ri e s of the American R e v o luti o n. 11111.e d Weekly-Subscription price, $3 . 00 p er year; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 Wes • 23d Street, New York, N • . Y. Entered as S e cond Class Matter January 3 1, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 991. NEW YORK, D ECEMBER 26, 1919. P rice 6 Cents. ----OR-DICK SLATER'S LAST BULE EiE By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. "A party went by an hour si nce. You did not meet them? " "No, we did not. In which direction did they go?" IN A TIGHT PLACE. "They went in the direction you . came, but must have turned off, if you did not see them." T here were half a dozen boys in Continental uniform mak-Ben and Sam had ridden ahead while the boys were eni n g their way along a r o u g h country road near Sander's gaged in conversation. . Creek, a few miles from Camden, South Carolina, cne p :eas--"You must be careful not to encounter them on your re-ant day in August. turn," the gfrl added . "There were at least twenty of them." A t that time the British under Lord Cornwallis were har"They did not annoy you?" lassing the Carolinas, Camden being held by Lord Rawdon, "No, but I went in when I saw them coming . " rw h ile Tarl eton, Webster and others were roaming the c oun"That was wise." ry, carrying desolation wherever they went. At that moment Ben and Sam came riding back in grea t General Horatio Gates, seconded by the Baron DeKalb, haste. was at this time on his way to oppos e Cornwallis and try "Redcoats, Dick, a score of 'em!" cried Ben, "just beyon d t o wrest Camden from Rawdon. the turn in the road, but not coming on rapidly. " Already within a few miles of Camde n and awaiting the you so?" said Dick . "Then we must be going. Hark!" arrival of Gates and DeKalb was a band of one hundred "What i s that, Dick?" asked Mark. yo ung patriots, known as the Liberty B oys. "There is a party coming in the other direction. I hea r They had been fighting for freedom for s ome years, and them quite plainly." were like veterans. "Jove! We are between two fire s ," cried Bob . The boy s riding along the road were Dick Slater, cap"Make haste!" said the girl. "Put your horses in t h e tain; Bob Esterbrook, first lieutenant, and Mark Morris on, barn and go into the hou se. I will find hiding places . " second lieutenant, and Jack Warren, Ben Spurlock and Sam "We certainly can't fight two score of the enemy," said Sanders on, all Liberty Boys. Dick, "though we might cut a way between them." Their camp was a few miles away, in a swamp, and they "Hurry," said the girl. "They will not suspect that you were o u t reconnoiteriRg. are here." Dick S later r o de a handsome blac k Arabian, Bob a bay, The boys hurriedly put their horses in the barn back of and Mark a big gray, the others being well mounted, Jack, the house, and then returned. 1in particular, his mount being a beautiful bay mare, almost "There is room in the cellar for three," said the girl, "and las speedy as Major, Dick's black. for two more in the loft." The six boys were riding along at an easy gait, chat"Hurry, boy s ," said Dick. ting gaily, when they came to a 11eat log cabin by the side The ran into the house and secrete d themselves . lof the road. They were greatly averse to doing this, bemg more ready A young girl was sitting o n the doorstep, and, as the to fight, even against odds. b oys appeared, she arose and came forward. There were too many arrayed against them, however, and "I'm glad t o see you,'' she said. "I think that uniform I so discretion became the better part of valor. is the handsomest in the who le world." " Quick, Captain!" cried the girl. "They are here. Wait "She's looking straight at you, Jack," chuckled Mark in a moment. I will disguise you perfectly." a whisper to his companion, of whom he was very fond. She ran into the cabin after Dick and from a conven"Keep still, you old tease," Jack laughed. i ent clothes-press got down a skirt, a shawl, a wig and a big "Then yo u are a good patriot,'' answered Dick Slater, cap. smiling. "Granny's," she explained hurriedly. "Po<>r old lady, she "Yes, and I would l ike t o see all the redcoats driven out is dE11id, but she was a good patriot, and would be glad o f the country. " . to heh:> you now. " "So they will be, some day, was Dick' s reply. The girl quickly helped Dick put on the skirt, set him in " There's Tarleton, one of the most cruel men who ever a big easy c11air, put on the wig and cap and folded the li ved. I'd like to see him driven out first of all. " shawl about his shoulders. ' " W e have had experience with him. We witnessed the Tij_e cap had wide flaps and quite hid his face, together massacre of Buford's command in May. Some of our boys with the shawl, which covered his chin. were killed, and we have n o t forgotten it." Hardly had these things been done and the girl taken "No," said Bob, "and we mean to punish the 'butcher' her place on the doorstep when the two parties of redcoats when ever we meet him. " met. " You have no+ seen any o f the enemy nearer than Cam-They both halted, and the leaders exchanged greetings, dis-den ?" a sked Dick. mounted and came forward. 1


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. "Ah, my sweet flower of. the wildwoedi'.' said one:: lieu-1 11Confdund you .for a. saucy rebe1!'; he "Yo,u tenant . "You a1e still bloornmg here unnoticed , I see ." ha Ye no more corn ; 1deration for a kings man than If he we1 e "Forest flowers don't associate with garden poppies," said a wolf." . the girl. "You are too brilliant for me . " "Some of them are no better," the girl answered as she "Jove! But you have wit, my backwoods b elle," with a put up the bar. laugh. "I would know more of you." ,, 'l!1e n .three or .four of the redcoats threw themselves "There is only one of me, so I don't s e e how you can, agamst it to force 1t open . . . answered the girl, rising, not caring to have the redcoat It held however, as did the fror•,.: door, which was come too close. attacke d smrnltaneo usly. . . . ,, . The officer followed her in and, seeing Dick, said: There's only one rebel and the girl w1thm, said the "Hello, Granny! Keeping house, are you?" officer. "We must ge t in!" "No the house is keeping me, can't you see t h at?" Dick This was easier said than done however. piped in a shrill tone, drawing in his lips as if he w ere A s the men came running up to beat in the door Dick toothle ss . appeared at a window with two big pistols in his hands. "Ha, ha, you have as quick a tongue as your pretty grand'Go away!" he said sternly. daughter," with a . The men fell bacK in haste. "Beauty is only skm deep, and handsome is. as hand-Meanwhile some of them had visited the barn to see if some does," shrilly and with a cough and a lowering of the there were a wagon pole or anything e l se with which to head. force the doors. "My, you're quite a philosopher, Granny," said other Tl1ere was a sudde n outcry from that direction. lieutenant. "Such words of wisdom I never heard. "Hello! There's more than one rebel in the h o u se . Here "If you kept quiet fo lk s wouldn't know what a donkey are six horses, and beauties , too!" you are," shrilly. The two officers hastened to the barn. "Ha, ha, that's Oll:e for you," l a ughed !he first, ''.but "Jove! I know that black horse . It's Di ck Slater's, if it is come, my. girl, we like some refreshmen.. You are a 1 anybody's." I . ,, . "Yes, and I've seen the bay and the big gray and that Sposmgt make s.na_Pped Dick.. handsome mare before." The outside were sittrng on their "By George! But this is a find! Have fr.em out here. or standrng :::ilong,;1de, waitrng for orders f i om their ofYve'll get the rebels' horses even if we d on't get the rebels . . ?" themselves ." Aie you two the only ones rn the house. asked "C f d •t,, tt d J k 1 k' t f of the latter. onoun 1 , mu ere ::.c , oo mg ou o a rear wrn"W e're all you can see," said the girl. "Brother T ed is do,;v. . • at work, and father has gone t o buy stuff with mother. They Whats the matter, Jack?" asked Mark, hurrying for-won't be pleased to see you h ere when they come back." ward. "Never mind them, but give us something to eat and drink. "They've found your big gray and my Dolly and We'll pay you for it." l\'Iajor and all." "Hospita\ity i s free in this country to those who deserve '"That's too bad! I wouldn't lose tha t gray for anything." it, and not to Le bought by those who do not," the girl said. "Nor would I lose my mare, Dolly, and I'm sure that Dick "Jove, my rebel, you can be a bit shre.wis h if you cho ose, won't give up Major without a struggle. " I fancy," with a laugh. "Still I think you could be gentle "They've got our horses , Dick," Bob n qw said. and loving as well." "But the y haven't got u s , and they have not taken the He advanced to put his arms around the girl when she horses as yet." struck him a resounding blow on the cheek, leaving the mark The six horses were led to the front of the cabin and of all five fingers on the scarlet flesh. then ihe leading officer said: "Jove! But I must have a kiss to pay for that blow!" ' You young rebels may as well come out. We hav e your the officer said, wincing. horses and \Ve'll Jt:.ive yvu yet . " He wou ld l.c!ve earned out his threat, too, had not Di c k "Come and take us, you boasters," said Bob impetuously. suddenl y leaped forward and struck him a blow to which the "It's much easie1 to talk than to do." other was nothing. T he redcoa t s advanced toward both doors, but found them-CHAPTER IL THE SIEGE OF THE LOG CABIN. The blow which the officer received nearly staggered him. "Jove!" he gasped. "For an old woman you have a-ha!" He suddenly caught sight of Dick's young strong hapd ;ind his face from which the cap had fallen away. "By George! The old woman is a young fellow, and a c ebel at that!" cried the other. "Yes, and if I mistake not, he is Dick Slater, for whomHo, there! He is--" Dick suddenly seized the lieutenant by the collar and belt 1.nd bundled him out of the cabin and down the steps as :hough he had been a sack of potatoes. In a moment the other was served the same way, much to the surprise of the men outside . Then the door slammed, barred and bolted. "Quick, boys," said Dick, out of me old woman'\; .;kirt and throwing aside the wig and shawl. 1 The boys came :running up from the c ellar and dow n from ,he loft. ./ Meanwhile then' was a great commotion outside. "Catch the rebel'" cried the officer whom Dick had slapped o vigorou s ly. The front door was closed against them, and a number f . the men ran to the rear. On e got his fingers pinched as he tried to open it. The g-irl had rlrnwn it shut with considerable vim as he :id put his hand on it. He gave a yell, Lhrus t his bruised fingers into his mouth :' nd danced almost like a madman for a few moments. selves s u ddenly facing a dozen big pistols. Jack, Ben and Sam had muskets besides, and the girl < now thrust one of these out of the windo w. The men fell back to a safe distance, while the officers con-sulted upon a plan of attack. Some of the men now came up with the heavy bar useda in closing the great doors of the barn. "Run in with it, quick, men," said the officer. "Beat i11cfr the door." Half a dozen redcoats ran at the door with the heavy bargo Crack-crack-crack! The pistols of the boys in the house suddenly began crack c ing in the most alarming fashion. Two or three of the redcoats received painful if not sEgoJ rious wounds and 'dropped the bat. " The others let go and ran, fearing to get hit. i t "Run in quick with it, men," cried the officer. "They can' reload in a hurry." Six more men seized the bar and ran forward. Then more pistols began to crack and more men were hi E ach of the Liberty Boys was provided with from four I six pistols . They could keep up an almost continuous fire, therefor for s ome minutes. A s The redcoats did not take this into account when tlttu ran in. Di Nearly every one of the men bearing the bar was hit. nt l They kept on till they reached the door. Th Then the firing got too hot for them, and they wf wa obliged to drop the bar and run. "B "There must be a score of the rebels in the house," siep one officer. Th He would not believe that six boys could do so much lo o cution. n ei


• THE LIBER T Y BOY S AND D EKALB. 3 "To be sure," said the other. "The h orses belong to their I Meanwhile the girl had made her fire and had it all ready o fficers, and there's a score more. " to light . .. Suppose we keep them occupied in front and send a On came the redcoats, front and rear, and presently Bob party to the rear." heard t}1em on ihe roof. ' ' A very good idea." Then he opened fire on the party in frcnt A new lot of men picked up the bar and as many more '' your tire down the1e, my girl!" he said in a whis-jcined them. pe1:. Then half a dozen or mo1:e were s ent to the rear to beat Then Jack and his party in the rear, and Dick and Mark down the door with their muskets. in front began a fusillade. Up rushed t'.1e dozen men to the front door. The redcoats were g1eatly surp1ised at the shots from Crack-crack-crack! above. Ballets began to fly like hail. llob continued to pour them in, and more than one r;-d-Rmg-bang-bang! eoat was hit. The men were trying to force the re!ir door. Then more were .sent up to the rocf, while a party tried The girl of the cabin discharged Jack Warren's musket to pry open ihe cellar doors. and sent one man away lluwnng. Some of them were getting into the stone chimney, having "They are trying to break in the door," she said. climbed to the top. Then Ben and Sam sent in a couple of sho. s which caused 8uddenly a cloud of dense smoke began pouring out. a stir among the redcoats. The1'e was a plenty of brush and .in the pile on the They continued to beat upon the door, nevertheless. hearth. Finally i began to gi\re way. This sent out a great volume of smoke. Then it fell and the redcoats ran forward. T he fellow getting in at the chimney was In s u ch haste Jack, Ben and Sam wielded their muskets vigorously, and to get out that he foll, rolled down 1 h e sloping roof and there were many sore heads and aching sides among the at-tumbled off of the ladder on two men who were just coming tacking party. up. The n Bob slasht><1 :cit one of them > v!th his sword. More smoke poured out, and it seemed to try and T he besiegers fell back and the door was put in place with get in at the chimney. a heavy table put ag-ai,tst i to h.ild it there. The smoke simply s tifled all those who approached the KPn Spurlock and Sam Sanderson sat upon it to keep chimney. i t firmer. Then those trying to get in at the cellar doors were Then they reloaded their pistols while Jack iooked out of drenched with water from the side windows, and promptl.v the window to keep watcl1 upon the enemy. desisted. The crowd in front had fared little better tha n those in "I.t is not proving to b e such an easy task to ::;et us out as the re::ir . these fellows evidently believed it would be," J ;-u"'h ' d Bob. "A nl::igue upon the obstinate young rebels!" sputtered "We can drive them away, I suppose, or weary them by the officer . holding out agains t them, but there are our h'lrses." "We must have them out of that," said the other. "I don't like to think of their running off with my Dolly," The redcoats Y1ithout and the Liberty Boys within spent said Jack. "It would be h::trJ to fnd her equal, and I'm t he time in reloading and in strengthening their d efenses. greatly attached to her, a side from that." "The1e ' s a ladder in the barn," said one of the men. "Ye,;;_, it would b e a grea t pity to lose any of them," said "And a wagon. pole," added another. Dick, "and I am in hones that we won't." "Very good. We will attack boih doors and send a p arty "Yes, but Dick, if they go away with the horses, how are u p on the roof to in by the chimney." we going to get them b a .K. , a .,k e l Bob . "It's absurd to think that half a dozen young rebels can "There has been some firing, Bob?1' h old us at bay like that." '1Yes, of course." "There are more than half a dn2n, there are fifty at "And our boy:; are nearer to us than these rctlcooats are least." to Camden?" The redcoats would not have it that a smaller number, ''Jove! I see what you mean. The boy s will come to raise or even one equal to tl1eir own, could thus ho'.d them in the siege. " c heck. "Quicker than more redcoats can arrive to help their "They are quiet cut there," said Dick. fellows." "That means that they are up to mischief," laughed Bob. "Very true. I never thought of that." "Hello! They are b 2inging a ladder and a wagon pole," "And I wonder that my brother Ted has not come back," announced Jack. ' said the girl. "He must have heard the fiii11g." "They mean to us top , bottom and both s ide$," "If he knows where the Liberty Boys are he may bring declare d Mark. them," was Mark's suggestion. "Start a fife on the heaL"ih, my girl," said Dick. "We've ''Ilere come the redcoat s again," said Jack in a warnir.g got to give these felio'' s a warm r eceptio11." tone. "So ue will," she laughed, emptying the c ontents of the The entire force now attacked the rear dJOl", that being w ood-box on the hearth. the weakest point. . going to be lively in a few minutes." ward and sent it crashing in. \ "Here t hey come, all h ands, " cried J ac.k. "Things are With the bar, the pole and the ladder rushed for"Livelier than tho se fellows out the1 e think," replied Dick The boys massed themselves at the and poured in a with a l augh. terrible volley as the redcoats tried to force their wav in. t The girl hurled burning brnnds among them, and showed t . CHAPTER III. • great courage. All at once a tremendous cheer was heard. "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats! To the rescue, Liberty Boys!" THE R.AISING OF THE SIEGE. A s Warren had said, all ljjtnds were e y attack them. Then the tramp of nearly one hundred ho ses was heard, now coming to and Dick Slate1"s gallant band of yvtmg patriots came das h-ing UJ?. . Dic k Slater was a boy of quick perception and abundant re s ource s . The mere m e n tion of the ladder suggested the use to which , re lt wa'il to be put and a remedy. "8race up your b ack door better, boys," he said, "and keep a watch at the window, Jack." The front door w a s made stronger, also, and Bob found a.•s;.1111""1'hole in the lo ft, from which he could pepper the adredcoats. etuld al s o li ste n for their anival upon the roof over-"Hui'rah! They've come!" cried !\'lark. "Give it to them, boys! " shoute d Jack from th:! front win dow . "Look out for our horses , calle d Bob, as he opened the front door. 'l'he redcoats, being all at the back of the house, were taken completely by surprise. . Hurrying; to the front they saw their pei'il und at once flew to their horses. Down swept the Liberty Boys up[m them like a w hirl wind.


• 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. "Capture all the horses, boys," shouted B cb . "Make the lazy redcoats walk." They promised to come to the cabin again and to pro .cct the settler and hi s family if they needed it. The redcoats did not carry off the horses of the Liberty Boys, nor did they get all of their own. The boys captured a dozen of the latter, and sent the redcoats scattering in many directions. Bullets flew around them, and they were glad to escape even at the risk of leaving their horse s behind. In a short time there was not a redcoat to be seen, and Dick. Slater recalled his gallant Liberty Boys. With them was a boy of about twelve, dressed in coarse homeJ;pun and riding a horse barebacked. "I was comin' home, Bet," he said, "when I seen er lot er redcoats, an' so I just put for ther camp er ther Liberty Boys, what I knowed was some'eres near." . "I never thought of that," said Bet Bryce, his sister. "This is my brother, Ted Bryce, Captain." . "I am to you, Ted," said Dick. "I thought the Liberty Boy s might come of their own accord but I did not think of any one bringing them." ' "An' I never thought you was here, but I knowed you bor,s would purtect Bet an' the fo :ks from th' redc!Jats." Father and mother have not come back," said Bet, "but they can't be long now." ':Gosh! Yer_!1ave had trouble with 'em, haven't yer?" ex claimed ';['ed. Look a' ther door an' look a' ther holes in ther cabm. Them fellers must ha' peppered it good an' sharp." :?here a few shots fired/' laughed Bob. Sure 01 thmk ther wor,'' said Pats y Brannigan the Irish Liperty Boy. "An' they banged the dure ti-emlnjous be so1des." "For why you was ein fire got?" asked Carl Gookensuieler the fat German Liberty Boy, Patsy's fast friend. "Was cold been?" "No, but we wanted to make it warm for the redcoats" chuckled Jack. ' "Was you invited dem in?" asked Carl soberly. "No, they tri<>rl to come in without an invitation and we smoked them out." ' "And you half dozen boys and the girl stood a siege from two score redcoats?" asked Harry Thurber, one of the Lib-erty Boys. ::you did not come any too soon," was Bob's rt;lply. But you expected us, didn't you?" asked Harry Judson the other chm1'., the two being known as the Harrys, and ridmg a pair of well-matched sorrels. "Yes, I did,'' was Vick's answer. "I expected that you would hear the firing and come on." "So. we did," spoke up George Brewster, who was a J ersey Liberty Boy, as was Jack, "and we were getting ready to start when Ted found us." The of the Liberty Boys came from WestchPster County, m New York, but there were boys from the Jerseys New England, ;i-lso from parts of the South. Sm;e. rez cudn t kape us m the camp whin we h'arcl the and wor not sure that Dick an' the rest av yez wor not m danger," spoke up Patsy. "I bet me we was wanted some off dot fun oursellufs " Carl added, "und s o we was corned off choost so fast lige -we could alretty." "Yis, an' all the fun we had was dhrivin' the ridcoats away afther all," said Patsy dolefully. "That's not foightin' at all." "Never mind, Patsy," laughed Dick. "We are Jikoly to have plenty of it before long-. Wait till Gates and DeKalb come up and we attack Camden." Just then Bet's father and mother drove up in a cart and were surprised to see the Liberty Boys at the cabin. ' Bet told them what had occurred, and Mrs . Bryce said: "Wull, I'm much erbleeged ter yer fur takin' keer on ther gal an' ther cabin while me 'an' mother was erway, an' I reckon we couldn't ha' done et ez well ourse lves." "We are all good patriots, sir," said Dick, "and bound to stand up for each other." "Wull, yer done et proper, this time, shorely," said the settler. "We'll be glad ter see yer at any time,'' said Bet's mother, 'an' though I couldn't con trive ter cook for all yer, I wouldn't .1ind er haffer dozen." • "We won't trouble you to entertain us, ma'am," replied )ick, "but we are thankful for the kind thought." "Waal, I reckon ef et hadn't been fur you all, we wouldn'ter ia d no cabin ter come ter, an' we're mighty erbliged ter er fer what yer done." The boys took their leave and rode on at a gallop, Jack )eing glad to be upon his bay mare again, and saying to _\fark: "Well, old man, this is better tha1, ' alking, as we might ia ve had to do if the boys had not com f up." "Yes, so it is, and I thought at o'fie time that I would . ave to take l eave of my gray." "Well, we didn't lo se any of them, fortunately," said Jack : n a tone of relief. "But I say, Jack,'' said Mark, who was to tease, 'that girl had her eyes on you all the time we w ere in the 3abin." "Her eyes must be valuable then,'' chuckled Jack, "for . he had her back to me quite a litt'e." "Oh, then you had your eyes on her. I knew there were ; ome loving glances somewhere. So you did not take your e yes off of her, eh?" "Not even when I was loo l}ing out of the window watch ng the redcoats, old man?" retorted Jack. , "But you did look at her all you could. didn't you?" "Trying to tease Jack again, eh. Mark?" asked Bob. "Trying, that's just it,'' said Jack, with a hearty laugh. "Oh, you're proof against anything," said Mark. "I'll have ;o try some one else." "I tell yeu a fellow who is fond of the girls," said Bob. "Patsy Brannigan." "Go along with you," laughed Mark. "He is too fond of hem to treat them all alike." . "Well, there's safety in numbers, as he says They were nearing the camp when they met a well-built, ;turdy-looking boy of about sixteen, mounted on a small, : ough-coated horse, who said to them: "You're ther Libertv Boys, hain't yer?" "Well?" returned Dick. "I'd like ter join amazin' an' help lick the redcoats." "Are your parents willing?" asked Diel\ , rooking at thf boy fixedly. "They surely be. I was askin' of 'em ter-day, an' the) -;aid: 'Go erhead an' jine 'em, Hank, an' h e lp yer country, e hat's what they said." a "What is your name?" "Hank Hawkins, an' I live over Claremont way. I knowe1 yer was here an' I come over ter see yer an' ax yer if a c ould jine.'.' "How old are you?" "Sixteen las' Chris'mas, but 'm big fur me age.'' "So it would seem . Can you ride a horse?" "I shorely kin, bareback or any way, standin' up or settil t down.'' "Shoot?" a "W aal, yus, some. I kin take ther eye outer er gray squi1 bo rel at ther top er ther tallest tree 'round yer, and hit e s ixn.ence nlumb in ther middle when yer toss et up." "Swim?" ga an ' "Yus s iree, an' keep under 'Water er minnit an' er ha! holdin' my breath.'' "Run, wrestle and all those things?" "Well, they ain't one er ther boys 'round hum what tor can't wrestle with an' I'm er mazfo' swift runner.'' " The boy seemed a trifle boastful, but he was well bl do and evidently strong, and Dick said: thei "We'll have to see your parents so as to be sure that th give consent, and then we will have to give you a physical and mental examination.'' "Shucks, my folks live miles erway, an' ennyhow, said I could jine an' so I come over." . "If you had brought their written consent it would hi be en sufficient, but I must have something.'' " ] "1 cour in a the, "'I '"y "T CHAPTER IV. HANK HAWKINS. The Liberty Boys shortly took their and set out for their camp in the swalllll. " 'Spose yer try me an' see ef I'm all rig-ht? Thet could go arter it. I'd like ter jine now, fust rate." "There will be no harm in doing-that," said Dick, • Hank Hawkins rode to the camp with the bo ys. As they were riding on, Jim Turner, one of the 11111 want king "A Sam "A: mitta said: . ,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB : . 5 "Come on, Hank, an' see ef yer kin beat me ter that tan ! Hank !emained in camp till dark, then set tree yonder." I oft;, for his home, to m the m,?rnmg . "All right," and both boys were off in an instant. What. do you Dick?,, asked Bob . Good en ough, Hank dist a nced Jim b y two or three l e ngths, but Jim was noth._ng eh? . . . . ,, not one of the swiftest r iders. . "He will be, _ Bob, if he 1s his mtent10ns. Presently Lishe Green , another of the boys, said: 11But. he may not be. "I'll race yer on foot ter ther sycam ore erhead of u s , Wait, said Dick. Hank." "All right, " and i n a moment both boy s were on the ground ready to go . CHAPTER V. B e n Spurlock started th em and off they went, Hank get-ting to the goal a yard ahead of Lishe. A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. "He's an ordina ry runner," said Harry Thurber. "Lishe Green is not one of our bes t." The swamp camp of the Liberty Boys was d iffi cult to finu A little farth er on Ben Brand said: and not easy to approach. "Here's a good bit of green, Hank. I'll wrestle y ou if y ou Dick was always vigilant, however, and had taught the like. " bo ys td be the same. The two wrestled for several m inutes and a t las t Hank Whether they expected an enemy or not the boys always was thrown. k ep t a strict watch and pickets were posted all around the "Ye're ermazin' good wrestler," he said, "betterin' any o' camp. ther boys 'round hum." Late that nig ht, when the fires had burned low and all was "And Ben doesn't himself very good , " observed ' quiet, Ben Spurlock, on picket near the usual approach to the Harry Judson to his c hum. c2. m p, heard foot s t eps. They reached a creek in the swamp, and Ralph Gray, on e He was about to challen ge the intruders when he heard of the boys, said : someo n e say in a hoarse whisper: "Come in swimming, Hank. We're near the camp now, "D'yer think this is ther place, Ezry ?" and it's warm." "Waal1 I dunno, Hi. 'Pears like et was as ther boy de"AJI r:.ght, I'm willin' ef you b e ," and Hank jumped d own scrib ed, but I don't see no fires nor nothin' like er camp .'' and began to undress . "D'yer 'spect we may have come wrong, Ezry ?" Both boys were s tripped in a few momen t s. "I don't guess so, Hiram. 'We're be'n ercomin' _iest ther "A little too heavy," said Jack. wav ther boy described, an'-what's thet, fur goodness "Yes, but he is not so badly buHt." "' sake?" "He is not a perfect fo1m by a n y means," remarked A n ow l had hooted from a tree not far away, apparently. B en. "Huh! thet's nuthin' but er squinch owl. Yer aren't "Ralph is cleaner limb ed and yet he is not a model," added erskeered e r thet, be yer?" Sam. "No, but et sounded so oncommon sudde n, that-there s he Ralph dove and Hank was after him i n a moment, stay-goes ergin. " in g unQer a minute, while Ralph remained twenty seconcrs "Huh! they a : n•t n o camp here. I reckon we hain't went longer. fur enuff. Go s h! listen ter them bulJfrogs !" They swam across and back, Hank's stroke being easy but "Recko n we hain't. Nobody wouldn't camp in such er place not out of the ord inary. ez thet." "Fairly good swimmer," remarked Sam. "Thet's so, so they wouldn't," and Ben heard the steps re"Y es , but nothing to Jack or you or a score more of the treating. bo ys ." T he hooting of the o w l and the croak of the frogs had "Very true, but h e is not so bad, you might say.'' beE>n the Liberty Boys signalling to one another. When the boys h ad dressed Phil Waters. one of the LibThey used a code made up of natural sounds and could erty Boys, handed Hank a pistol and, pointing to a bird on thus communicate to each other with no enemy tirn a t ree at a littl e distance, said: w : ser. "Hit him, Hank." As the strangers moved away in the semi-darkneRR. there "Huh! that's er, easy shot, " and Hank, after taking a long being a h a l f-rnoon and a few stars, Dick Slater followed , aim. fired. silently and swiftly. He hit the bird in the wing and brought it down. There were strangers about, but whether. they were ene "Nothing amazing about that," laughed Jack quietly. "He mies or not remained to be seen . would have been no sho t at a ll if he had missed.'' The men went on for some Ii.ttle distance, when Hiram "Re is fairlv irood at everything, but nothing extra a t any-stopned, l"ghted a short cob pipe and muttered: thing,'' repl:ed Mark. "'Pears to me thet thP r e ' s le s s sign on 'em nor ever. D'yer "No, but he is generally good and perhaps above the aver'spoRe ther boy was lyin' ?" age o f b o ys of his acquaintance, and that has m ade him "Huh! he hadn't no call t e r lie, Hiram. He'll get er re-boastful." ward fur bringing of ther r e dcoats here, won't he?" It was now only a short time before sunset and Patsy be-"Er course, but we wanted ter make shore. He see n ther gan preparations for supper, assisted by Carl, Jim, Lishe ,camp, bu t he mought ha' given us ther wrong dfrections.'' and a few others. "What fur?" "You had better s tay to supper, Hank, " said Dick, "and "Not a puppus, er course, but couldn't he be mistook, same then you can r'de home and come back in the morn i n g ." ez ennyone else?" "Ain' t yer goin' ter gimme no 'samination, what yer "Yes, I 'spo se he might. Let's look furder an' then, ef we torked erbout ?" Hank ask ed. find et, we k'n fetch ther soge r s here ourselves an' rout out "You ' ll do well enough, Hank, and I h ave no doubt y ou'll ther pesky r e bels right peart.'' do better, with practice. You get your parents' cons _ent and The men moved on, going farther and faxther from the the n we'll sweax yo u i n.'' camp. "Let me .iine ther Liberty Boys, yer mean?" "Someone has found our camp and wants to betray us to "Yes, you must take the oath, swear to fight for your the enemy," was Dick's thought. "I wonder who it could country whatevex happens and to stand by the Liberty Boys be?" in all that i s right and to give your life, if nec!essary, for He had paused, listening to the footsteps of the men which the cause of freedom.'' grew fainter and fainter. "That's taki n' ther oath, is it?" "They are going farther from the camp," he thought. "Yes.'' "They will never find it that way.'' "That's all right, I'll promis e all them things , 'cause I After a time, however, he heard the steps com'mg back . want ter driv e ther xedcoats out ari' mak e Cornwallis an' ther "'Taint that 'ere way ertall, Ezry, but where in time is king go ter their own country.'' et?" "A little hazy on some points,'' chuckl ed Ben Spurlock to "Thet's what I'd lige ter know, m'self. I was sure we was Sam and the two Harrys, "but h e seems honest e nough.'' goin' ther right way, 'cordin' ter what ther boy said.'' "As far as we have 'see n,'' answered Sam in a non-com"Waal , let's hunt some more.' then." mittal tone. The men went on, Dick following s ilently.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. I All was dark and still, the fires gave no light, the sentries "Hallo!" he cried. "What's that feller

• THE L IBERTY BOYS AN D DE.KALB. 7 "Pat> gave hi m ter me after I was outer my time with ole 1 "I reckon et will," said Hank, honestly, and with such a n • T h e t o le Tory wouldn't gimme noth.n'. He wouldn't air of conviction that the boys all laughed again., e a s uit er c l othes . " 1 "He's a good-nathered feller, annyhow," said Patsy aside " Don't you think you may have been mistaken, Ted?" to Ben Brand, "an' he don't take amiss the lesson he's been I>ick ask'ed. 1 learnin' the day." "Shouldn ' t won der, Cap'n. I didn't see Hank so often, "No, he doesn't, and I guess he's brave besides. He livin' s o fur off, an' I natchally 'sposed he wuz er Tory, showed up well when he was defending himself a)l;ainst Ted." li'Vin' wit h Ezry William s ez he did , bein' called Hank "So he did, Bin, an' sorra a th"ng d id he howld a;:?;in the William s." bye afther, aither." "And you are sorry you called him a Tory?" "No, he d id not, for h e ,saw that Ted was honest abou t "Yas, I be, fur I kin see the t he ain't one." it." "Ef yer ' re sorry, I ain't got nuthiri ' ter say furder," said Dick presently came out and said: Hank. "Yer was mistook, that's all. I'm ez good er patr.ot "The redcoats are going to try and find our camp to rout ez you be, an' I'd like ter drive ther king an' Gin'ral Corn us out. Ted's father overheard these very Tories that Hank w allis a n ' Tatleton an' all ther redcoats an' To1ies outer ther told of talking about it." , Car o linas . " I "But they did not find our camp last nght" observed Ben . "An' yer don't hold up nothin' ergin me, Hank?" "No, because we ' vere watchful, but they might find it "No, I don't, an' I'll shake bands onto et. I clo;1't to-c!ay, knowing as much about swamps as they do." yer none, but you was just natchally mistook, that's all . " "Very trne." The two boys the n shook hands amL the Liberty Boys, who "I am going to reconnoiter and see if they are really comw ere now all on Hank's scle, che ered him lustily. . inp;, and then we can prel)are for them or change our " I got suthin' ter tell yer e1bout ther r edcoats Cap'n," Ted camp." now said. "Thet's what I come over fur." 1 : "Not a bad idea." Dick took 'feel tc nis tent '\ ti1 Bob and Mark, Hank re-Dick took Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam, Jack and the two Harrys, rnaining 'vi th the r es t of the boys . and then said: "Let m e give you a bit of advite, Hank;" said Bob to the "Come with us, Hank. T ed is going." boy. "Waal, I don't mind ef I do," repl;ed Hank, greatly "What's thet ?" pleased. "Don't boast and tell about all the b;g things you can do. L et other people ftncl them out for themse lves." "Yer mean the t I mustrt't blow my own horn too much, CHAPTER VII. d on't y e r ?" "That' s it," with a laugh. PUT TO THE TEST. "It's likely to get you into trouble when you don't come up t o the standard you've set for yourself," added Jac k. The boys rode off a t an easy gait, Har:k and Ted "Reckon yer mean I'd be givin' short weight don't yer?" together and being now the best of friends. H:-ink asked. ' h Tecl's the-, le1 t hi:n, b!kecl with Bet and "Yes, and that's cheating. If you say vou can do a cerer fat ei and .mothei • then r?de on. . t ain thing and can't do it, the boys will .call you a 1 ar." !'lank went with them, a little to one side. "Huh! I reckon thet's so, but i kin do some things pretty They had gone about a mile beyond the house whel)they good L tterin' ther boys I've been with ennyhow" I c!lme suddenly upon a party of redcoats halted by the road"Ma ybe so, but that may not be the on back." I " All right," with a good-natured laugh. Iher.e were nearly t,\'enty of them, and as soon as they Harry Thurber started the h\• o boys. saw _Dick they gave chase. . . Jack seemed to fairly fly, rounded the tree and met Hank With them were. two rough lookmgmen took on his way back. to be the two Tories he had followed the be.tore. Then Harry Thurber wrestled with hiin and threw him 'e::n, ketch. thcr pcskv . •otmg ! 't';cy sl:.oute d. three times in as many minutes. Dick and the Liberty Boys wheeled m a moment and It th 'th 'd cl h t" f th dashed ahead was e same wi ri mg an s oo mg, a score o e "H. H k ,, . d J 1 t . t h , th b b oys doing better than Hank I urry, an , cne ac c, r ying o e. fl e oy. T . h ; t t th k cl. 1 H k tl 1 Hank's horse was not as speedy as the others, and became . ey "en o e cree an w 1en an . saw 1e c eanconfu se d as well. li mbed , deep-che sted, strong-armed boys, an ounce In a short time some of the redcoats shot by him and then o f flesh on tJrnm, he was astornshed. I he was surrounded. When, tirny showed him how to sw m to the best adv:;n' He was dragged from hi$ horse and one of the stran1

J 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB "Won' t t e ll yer nuthin ', Ezry W ill i ams, an' ther next time I The redco ats leaped upon their horses and flew after the I see y oung Ezry I'm ergo in' ter lick h i m fer follerin' of plucky bo ys . me. " Crack-crack-crack! "We ' ll manage this stubborn young r e b e l," said the officer. The y w e r e jus t mounting as the y were signalled. "I think we will be able to get s o methi n g out o f him." .. Fire!" cried Dick. . They ent e r ed an open wood a little off the r oad and then . T h e dauntless l a d s sent in a rattling voll e y and were off like Hank w a s put bn his horse w ith hi s arms boun d b e hind him. : the wind. H e was l ed under a tree and a ro p e h alte 1 p u t around his J a ck had cut the cords about Hank's arms, as well as the neck, and t he encl thrown over a low l i mb and knotted. no os e about hi s neck. " No w then, tell m e where the L i bert y B oys are e ncamped," The n he had l eaped upon his own beautiful mare and went said the o ffice r. off l ike the wind. "I w on ' t do et!" dogged l y . The . boy s s ent Hank ahead and kept hi s horse up to his " You know , don ' t you ?" paces. " I wo n ' t t e ll yer. I wo n't tell yer nothin!" with persi stent Th e voll e y the y had fir ed at the redcoats had cau s ed great firm ness . confu si on and it was som e little time b efore their line was "You have bee n to thei r c amp, and y ou were with them straightene d out. ' this morning. W here is it?" By that time the resolute youths had gai ned quite a l e ad. " Won't t e ll yer, I said . " . Hank's ho r se could n o t ke e p up for lon g the p a ce they "Et's som ew h e r e's north e r Sander' s Creek, ain't et?" I w e r e putting him to, and Dick was about to take to the asked Hiram. "That's where w e was lookin' las' night." wood s to mi s lead the r e dcoats, whe n he s aw that they were "Won't tell yer." no longer following. "Hav e they changed e t se n ce we w a s look i n ' ?" asked Ezra. ?'he b? Y S s l a ck e n e d their pac e, therefore, and rode on at a "Won't t e ll yer, no matter ho w ofte n yer a s k me, s o yer g a i t wh i ch H ank could keep at. might e z w e ll save yer breath." R eaching Bet's hou s e they li stened and heard nothing. "You are a rebel, are n ' t you?" the r e d coa t a s ked . "The y have g iven it up," s aid Dick. "We have nothing to "No I a i n't I'm er patriot We dunno nuthin' erbout fear from the m at present. " reb e ls:" ' "Go s h! but thet was er close shave!" said Hank, turning " A nd w e're g o ' n g to hang every r e b e l we catch." suddenly p a l e and trembling. Hank sai d n othing. . H e wou l d have fallen from his hors e not Jack on one "Don't y ou w a n t to save y ou r life?" s i1,e and M ark .on him. "Not b y doin ' ennyth i n g mean or s neak i n '!" firmly. H ank Hawkms, . s aid Y ou a h e ro and I am "Te ll u s w here the camp is a nd we will let you go." to h a v e you ,,the .Lib erty Boys . . . . . " Hank b i t his lip and made no reply . Thank y e r, n, sai d H ank, blu s h in g hke a girl, an' "If y ou d o n ' t we wi ll han g yo u as sure as you are setting ez long as I'm with yer, I'll do ther b est I know how." here ." H ank rem a in ed s ilent. "If on e o f us were t o g i v e your h o r s e a sudden cut he vrould da sh away. Where wo uld y ou b e ?" H ank still maintained a stoli d s il e nce. "G e t me a whip ! " stormed the offic e r. "I will t e ach thi s stubborn you n g clog that w h e n I say a thing, I mean it and will k ee p my word !" On e o f the me n h a n de d him a riding whip. "\\; i l J you tell me whe r e t h e camp is?" ' "No!" "Not if y ou hang for it?" "No!" The angry red coa t b r ou ght t h e whip down savagely upon the horse's fla nk. In an in s t ant h e dashed fo r w a r d as if stung. Simulta n eous l y a h a l f doze n sharp shots rang out. The r ope, drawn t aut, was s t r u c k in one plac e a foot above Hank's h ead . Every shot was fir e d at that one point and not one misse d it. A s H ank's horse das hed awa y , the rope was cut as if by a knife . The boys had b ee n hid i n g i n the bus h e s waiting for just such an opportunit y . Th e t w o Harrys were wai t ing not far away with the horses . 1 Wh e n it w a s seen that the redco a t s were not in pursuit, D i ck hact go n e b a ck with some o f the boys to s e e what had befall e n Han k Hawkins. The y w;tnessed how we ll h e stood the t es t he was sub jected to, and admired him for it. When Di c k s a w H ank's peril he signalled to the others just wh e r e to fir e and they all h eed ed. As H ank's hors e s h o t out into the road Jack Warren sp rang up, took a fly i n g leap and landed on his back just behind Hank. Then he se i ze d the r e in s a nd gui ded the animal. Dick, Bob , Iviark and t h e rest were afte r him like a flash. For a mom ent the r edcoats w e r e taken utterly by sur-prise. Th e n they f ell b a ck , thinking they were attacked by a large party. By the time they had recovered from their surprise the daring fellows were off. After them!" hissed the officer. CHAPTER VIII. HANK JOINS THE LIBERTY BOYS. s B e t and Ted and the old folks were glad to know that Hank had stood the test so well. a "I'm sorry I call e d yer a Tory, Hank," said Ted, "but I t . didn't know as much then as I do now." "Never mind, Ted," said Hank, who was himself again, andtl as happy as could be, "things did look bad, I must allow." "There were some things which looked strange to me ">i admitte d Dick, "but I was willing to give you the benefit the doubt." "So you ill'ere," said Bob . je "I wasn't .altogether satisfied , either, " added Mark, "but1 1 Jack said you would improve on acquaintance and so you have." B< T he boys at length rode on to the camp, Hank in highl< spirits. m they neared the swamp they saw a rough looking boy commg along the road. on. foot. . m . He s e emed to be. prymg mto this place and that as if try • mg to find somethmg. vi . "Thet's Ezry,". said Hank, "an• I'm goin' ter him fur follerm' me, hke I promised." l He darte d ahe ad, l e aped off his horse, seized the other b oJng by the collar, gave him a shaking and said: '] foll erin' of me, yer little sneak, an' tryin'r ter git me mter trouble , an' I'm goin' ter li c k y er!" "Yer cain't do et!" snarle d the other, shaking Hank off. He was big-ger than Hank, but the latter was undaunte4 'I and determined to keep his word. All . E I . IOT owmg zra on y t i me enough to get on his guard, flew at the boy and began pummelling him vigorously. The boys sat in their saddles and watched the fight witi D interest. At last, g-iving a yell of rage and pain, the Tory boy br o ke,..' away and took to his heels. .1 v Paus:ng at a safe distance he began to hurl abuse af1_1 E Hank, who said: Li "Hard words don't break no bones, but ef yer don't kee;se 1 er civil tongue in yer head, you'll git ernother lickin' an " I learn how ter behave yerself." Po1 Ezra took himself away and Hank got on his horse, and "Y went on into the camp with the boys. "E "Y s


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. 9 •As long as you promised Ezra's father that you would "Sure it's not that soort av change we want. It's a change give t he boy a thrashing the next time you met him it was av diet we want." w ell to keep your word, Hank," said Dick, "but avoid mere "Was dot so?" b raw l s a s m uch as you can." "Yis, I've been feedin' yez on pitaties an' bacon an' yez " Ya s, C ap'n. Thet feller has put upon me lots er times, must have chickens an' geese an' a foine roast av beef." but w h e n I said I'd lick him, I've allus done et an' he knows I "Ya, dot was all right, but where you was got dem ?" et, t ew." "Come ahead an' we'll get him all roight." "I'll te a c h you how to use your fists to better advantage, "You t'ought I was going to brought dot ox on mein shoulo l d man," said Jack. "You waste a lot of energy as it is der home. I don't was e i n wagon." now, an d tire yourself out without need." "Come on wid yez, sure we have to foind thim forst." " Huh! seems ter me I'll be learnin' suthin' all ther time," Then off they went with their muskets over their shoulders laugh e d H ank. and mounted on their horses. "Well, you seem to be willing at any rate, and that is Patsy at length heard something in ther bushes and, dissometh ing." mounting, said: W h e n they dismounted Jack took Hank aside and said: "Wh"sht! There's a bear now. That do be foine." "N o w we will have a friendly fight, using our open hands, Both the comical fellows w ent into the bushes and pres-and I 'll show you some blows." ently they saw something brown coming toward them. T hey stripped to their shirts and the lesson began. "Foire, Cookyspiller!" cried Pats y, raising his weapon. Hank was astonished to find how little he knew about us-There was a sudden bellow, and then Carl threw up Patsy's in g his fists and how often Jack could hit him without getmusket. t i n g a b low i n return. "Hold oud ! dot was somebody's callef been!" shouted Carl. He kept his temper, however, whi ch was most important Patsy's piece was discharged, and then the calf, with an-and began to pick up points rapidly. other bellow, charged at Pats y and bowled him over. "Some of the boys will give you lessons in fighting, "Here, what yer doin' on?" a man sho u ted, and then a wrestling, swimming and all those things," said Jack. "I'll farmer hove in sight. t each you myself." "Dot Batsy was t'ought dot was ein bear been und was "Waa l , when I look back an' see what I didn't know," went to shooted him," laughed Carl. l a u ghed Hank, putting on his coat, "I reckon I must ha' "Sure Oi do be thinkin' he wor a whole herd av cattle be b een er reglar calf." the way he wint over me," ro a r e d Patsy, g ettng up. "You're got to be a calf befo're you can be a bull," laughed "Waal, I've been fattenin' of him, an' seein' you Liberty Jack. \ Boys are pooty good fellers an' air do in' good work fur yer "Thet's so, an' er pup erfore er hound, but I never knowed I country, I reckon I better let yer have him, 'cause yer gotter I hadn't growed any." eat, same ez other fellers." "Oh, well, you'll know it now," was Jack's reply, "and "Thank yez koind,\Y. sor. Come on, Cookyspiller, an' help we'll make a fine fellow of you. You have the makings of m7, catc1!one in you." All nght, said Carl. The interest that the Liberty Boys took in each other and the help that all were ready to give to their comrades was a fine thing for the body as a whole, and to this friendly pirit was owing the harmony existing among the boys. . CHAPTER IX. Dick Slater was their captain, but Dick was ready with dvice or help for the weakest or the strongest, and no dis FOOLING THE REDCOATS. tinctions were made. The one hundred boys were thoroughly united in every-It was not so easy a matter to catch that calf as Patsy hing and in this union they found their strength. imagined. There were no quarrels, for every one of the boys conI \.v'hen he had bowled Patsy ove r and had gone bellowing idered the r ghts of all the rest and each was bound by his through the wood, he had put his foot into the nest of some ath to stand by the rest in everything that was right. hornets . A kindly spirit, considerati on for others and a thorough j The insects had swarmed a round him and increased his evotion to the cause of liberty were the bonds that kept 1 terror, causing him to run at a g allop. he boys together, and the y were uni ted, i ndeed. Patsy and Carl came upon him at the edge of the wood, Half an houl' before dinner, Dick called up all the Liberty tossing his head and stamp"ng his feet. oys and in the pres ence of the band of young patriots, 1 T hen the hornets began to fly around Patsy, much to his ank Hawkins took the oath of allegiance and swore to be anno yance. n e of them. . I "Go away wid y ez, yer fate are hot!" cried Patsy, waving Then the boys all shook hands with Hank and he was a his arms wildly about him. roud boy indeed. "Shtop off dot, you was shooed dose yellow shackets ofer They gave him a musket and pistol s and fitted h"m out by me alretty," cried Carl. . . . ith a uniform and, as he had a fairly g o od horse of his own, I kept on and the c alf, se emg him commg, suddenly e was w e ll provided with evel'ything nece8sa rv. wh1 sk e d about and charged at Carl. During the afternoon Dick, Bob and Mark took out scout"Shtop a leedle!" cried Cal'l, trying to catch that frisky g in diff erent directions. calf. They wished to see if the British were making advance s or The animal ran into him and _upsE'.t him, fat as he was. the Tories, their allies, were up to mischief, and to get Car: managed to get hold of his tail, however, and hung on ews of Gates and DeKalb. desperately. Hank Hawk"ns went with M ark's partv. I . The two pound s of the fat German boy prevented l They saw some Tori e s, but the latter m a de no demonstra-1 h m from makmg great prog r ess , but. Carl was dragged over on against them and Will iams and Cul'tis were not to be the ground nev erth ele s s. .. een ' j ":t\ow wud y e z lo o k at that?" roared Patsy. Howld on, : Doochy, yez ' ll be all right av his tail doe sn't come out." il Dick's party saw no n e w movement. on the part of the Carl collided w ith a stump, but held on, and then Patsy Oi)-ts, and Bob reported that s eemed be. 1 came up and caught the calf. a We know how long this will last, howevei, ob' "V1' aal, yer had lot s e r fun, didn't yel'?" laughed the farm Dick, and we must be prepared for a change at any ei, coming up. "I n ever s eed him s o frisky before." .me." I "S ure it wor b e h in d where h e wor fris ky. D : d y e z see his Later Patsy, who was the company cook, said to Carl. his 1 heel s fioy phwin Cookey spiller had him be the tail?" p separable companion: The farme r gave the boys a rope a nd they led the fatted "Did yez moind phwat Dick was sayin' this afthernoon, calf back to the camp, where the boys would eventually feast o okyspiller?" upon it. d "Ya, what dot was?" returned Carl. That night Hank was on picket duty at the edge of the "He said we must be ready for a change." camp near the creek. "Ya, I heard me dot . How much change you want? I He had been instructed to chall enge anyone he heard a pa s got sixpence . " oroaching, and to fire if the challenge was not obeyed.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. It was ri. new experience to Hank, and he felt anxious. ! The boys could s2e the scarlet uniforms of the enemy disHe had heard nothing for some tine when at length there tinctly as they came swarming in. came the sound of a stealthy footfall along the bank of the They could even have picked off some of the officers, creek. l pla nly were they see n. Hank li stened for a few moments, and then said: Dick Slater had always taught them not to take life un"Hallo there who be you an' where yer goin'? Halt!" necessarily, however, and not a shot was fired. "That 'yew, Hank?" asked someone. "I wanter speak ter I boys. hun_ied away s!lently while the redcoats yer er mlnnit. Come out here where I kin tork ter yer." 1 ventmg their spite by down shacks and thro\1ng "Who be yer? vVhat yer doin' 'round th's here camp. them on. the fires and destroymg a few useless belong ng You git erway mighty quick or I'll put er bullet inter yer left behmd. skin." I The redcoats did not follow, fearing an ambush, and Ezr Even if one passed Hank, he would have to get by other and Hira.m l.oudly berated the boys for hav sentries, which would be a more difficult task. I mg run away without g1vmg redcoats a chance to "Don't yer know me? I'm Bill Perkins, over ter Clare-thrash them, as they expressed 1t . mont. Con;e out here, l got suthin' ter tork ter yer erbout." 1 "Never mind, we'll get 'em outer this here

) \ THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. 11 "He is getting on very well, thank you," said Dick. "He I "Certainly. Can't you see it? Brown hair, Is a full-fl edged Liberty Boy now." eyes, well built and muscular. That is his description." "Ted m ade a mistake about him," said Bet, blushing, "but 1 "So it is, and at any rate he is a suspicious character, goI knew h e was all right. I never thought he was a Tory." inl7 armed like that." "You would know he was not _if you saw him now. He 'It is Dick Slater beyond a doubt. I remember him per gave young Ezra a good thrashing yesterday, and I did not fectly. He hasn't got his black horse with him, and I wanted try to stop him." that fine animal." " I wish t I was big ernuff an' I'd thrash him, too," declared "Well, yer don't want ther horse," said E21ra, "so I'm er-T ed. "I wisht I was big ernuff ter jine ther Liberty Boys, goin' ter take him m'self." too." Dick suddenly gave the horse a resounding slap on •the "Perhaps you will, some day, Teel," sm'ling, "but I must flank and sent him running up the road at a gallop. g e t on." I "What yer do thet fur?" asked the boy. "No one will ever suspect you in that disguise, Captain," "Because the horse is too good for you, that's why." said Bet. "Take him to the house and lock him up," said the officer . "'Not many would, at any rate. Well, good-by for the pres"We will send h i m to Camden as soon as anyone is going en t . I shall probably not be gone long. It is not likely that there." I shall go as far as Camden." I "Yer want ter hang him, that's what yer wanter do," "Will you stop on vom way back?" . snarled Ezra. "He's er rebel." "Very likely," and then Dick rode away. Dick was taken to the house and locked in a :room on the Wh'le Dick had be e n talking to Bet a boy had stole n up upper floor. b ehind the bushes on the other side of the road. I There was no sentry placed at his door, but there were He heard all that was said, and then hurried away unseen. enough redcoats in and about the house to prevent his escape, The boy was young Ezra Williams, whom Hank had given it would seem. a thrashing the day b e fore. I "Ain't yer goin' ter gimme suthin' fer tellin' yer erbout the "I'll git even on r e bel," he said to himself, as he made spy an' rebel?" Ezra asked the officer. off. "Folks don't lick me fur nuth'n'." "Go to Camden and ask the general, he will pay you," was He had reached a house by the roadside some distance the retort. , o n, where there were redcoats in the road and on the steps, "Ain't ergoin' ter. Yer gotter pay me now, else I'll tell when he heard the tramp of a horse coming on rapidly be-ther Liberty Boys that yer got him an'--" ind him. A well-directed kick sent the boy flying from the steps. Running up he said in grea; excitement: "Get out, you impudent young beggar! Don't you talk to "ffck Slater, ther rebel spy, is comin'. Yer want ter catch an officer like that!" 1im. He hain't got no uniform, but he's ther spy all right." . Ezra howled and blubbered and picked himself up, snarl"Your father fent us on a wild goose chase after the rebels 1111;'.= , ast night. How do ' we know that he is the rebel at all?" I Consarn yer, I 11 yer up fur thet! I'll go an' tell ther " 'Cause I heard him say so that's why Here he comes other rebels that-ow ,, ' "Come, come, you can't stop here, this is a guardhouse," Ezra ran behind the house and just then Dick came said one of the redcoats, taking the boy by the ear. "Take . " . ' yourself out of here." n ,/hght. 1 t t cl h. cl th ff" . d . Ezra howl e d and kick e d at the redcoat's shins, at the same " e rec s s oppe m an e o icer sa1. . time abusing him roundly. You cant go. on unless we know your busmess. There The redcoat thereupon cuffed the obstinate fellow on b th re too many spies about." d f h . h d d th k. k d h" h d 0 "Wh t' th. ?" D. k k d "th 1 1 k "Ennys1 es o 1s ea an en 1c e 1m into t e roa ., . a sd t cm t?,, ic as e ' wi a snnp e 00 • Dick saw him go off howling from an upper w i ndow of the mg goo o ea . house "Where are you going?" o-ot what he deserved" he said, "but I d'Jn't see how "Ain't going no place. How kin I when ye're stoppin' of it is going to help me any.'' ' e? I'm just erstandin' st'll, thet's all." "Where were you going, then, before we stopped you?" "Goin' erlong ther road, er course. Couldn' t yer see? Yer en't blind, be yer?" "Were you going home or somewhere else?" "Yes, I reckon I was. I couldn't be gain' both places, an' i eckori I must er been goin' one or t'other." CHAPTER XI. HOW BET AND TED HELPED.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. "I don't see how you could, T ed . alike.'' They don't look a bit 1 " Come on," he said quickly. "Me an' Bet's got er couple er ho sses b ac k er ther hou se ." "Waal, I don't think so now." Ezra paused and asked: "Where are you rebels goin' ?" "Don't you call us rebels, or I'll whack you," s norted Ted. "I ain't takin' no sass from no Tory, I'll tell yer that.'' "Ke e p still, Ted," said Bet. "What are you doing here? You don't live atound this way." "I know I don't. I seen you an' Dick Slater ertorkin' in ther road, an' s o I knowed who he was an' I went on an' tole ther redcoats." "You d i d, eh?" "Yas, an' they wouldn't g imme nuthin' an' they kicked me an' cuffed me b esides, an' I jis tole 'em I'd go an' tell ther other rebels all erbout et." "You did?" "Y as I did. They're to a hou,se 'bout haffer mile further on or mebbe more'n the t , an' they' ve took erway his pistols an' put him up in ther loft, only he k i n see out." "Are you telling me the truth, Ezra Williams?" asked Bet. ""Yas I be . I'll cross my heart, wisher may die, honest and true, I are." "'Waal, ef ye're tryin' ter git us in enny fix," said Ted, "I'll--" " Keep s till, Ted," sai d Bet. "This is really so, is it?" "Er course et is. Ain ' t thet ther hoss what Dick Slater was er ridin? Ef I didn't wanter git hunk on ther redcoats I'd ha' rid him myself." "All right, then, come on, Ted.'' "Ain't yer goin' ter gimme nuthin' fur tellin' yer?" asked Ezra. "I thought yo u wanted to get even on the redcoats?" "So I do, but yer orter gimme suthin'. Gimme er kiss, an' that'll be all right." "I reckon it won't then , " said Bet. "I don't kiss Tories. You ought to be satisfied wit h your revenge, but mam will give you something to eat if you ask her." Then Bet and Ted rode on at a good till they came in sight of the hou se. it is, Ted," said Bet. "I see the redcoats." "Yes, s o do I. What are we going to do now, Bet?" "Leave the horses here and try and get around to the back without being seen. Maybe we can get in and get him Olit.'' "That's so, m ebbe we kin.'' They t ethered their horses in the woods out of sight of the road and then advanced cautiously. There was an open space around the house, but they got "Good!" and Dick came out. As he and Ted were hurrying toward the back stairs some on e was heard coming up the front. "Hallo there, who's that?" "Only me, puttin' wood in ther rooms." "Why you-hallo there ! Stop 'em, an escape!" Dick and T e d were now hurrying down the back stairs. At the bottom they ran into a redcoat. The one on the floor was now making a lot of noise, arousing the house. "Come on, Ted," said Dick, overturning the redcoat and dashing out of the house. "This way, Cap'n!" cri ed Ted, running alongside. There was a g1eat hue and cry within the house and redcoats came running out at the rear and around the side . "This way, Cap'n, here are ther hosses," cried Ted. Then he dashed into the woods, Dick after him. Bullets came flying after them, but no one was hurt. Bet and Ted got on Ted's horse and Dick upon the one he had r i dden. The r edcoats could not get their horses before Bet and Ted had secured a good lead. Then they hurried into the road to catch Dick when he came out. The road was open enough not to interfere with Dick's progress, however. He got into the road well ahead of the redcoats, and went on at a gallop. "We've beaten 'em, Bet," said Ted, looking back. "They cain't ketch us now, an' I don't guess they'll try.'' They found young Ezra at the house eating h is dinner and making the most of his time. "Well, I got yer out, Cap'n," he said to Dick. "And you got me in, too," said Dick. "It was no thank: to you that I got out. You simply told Ted and Bet wha' they would have learned for themse lves in a short time." "Ain't yer goin' ter gimme suthin' fur helpin' of yer out? . asked the boy, unblushingly. ' "No, but I may give you something for helping me in.'' "What'll you gimme?" "What Hank Hawkins gave you yesterday," returned Did stepping forward. Ezra gave a yell of alarm and fled . The r e dcoats did not pursue Dick to any distance, be i n evidently afraid of falling into an ambush. Dick remained at the cabin until he was satisfied that U purs u it had been abandoned, when he took his leave and rol h back to camp. to the rear without being seen . , The redcoats were all in front and there did not be anyon e else in the house. On his way he overtook young Ezra Williams, who hurri1 seem to out of sight of him and dove into the bushes till Dick hi th "Go in if you can, Ted," whispered Bet, "and I'll go and bring the horses nearer.'' "All right." Then B e t slipped away while Ted went forward to the wood pile and pi cked up an ax. He was splitting sticks when a redcoat came to the rear door and said: "Hallo, what are you doing there?" ""Splitting wood," shortly. "Who told you to do it?" "Don't h ave ter be told. That's one er my reg'l-ar chores.'' "Oh, you belong here, do you?" well, I'm here, ain't I ? " "Yes, I see you a1e." "Yer don't ketch boys workin' fur other folks, do yer?" "No, I suppose net." the man went in. Ted kept on splitting wood till Bet came back. "All right," he said. Then he picked up an armful of wood and went into the hou se. Filing the woodbox in the kitchen he went out into the hall and crept up the back stairs. One or two doors stood half open, and he passed them going to the front of the house. ' There was a door that was locked, with the key on the outside . "Hello, Cap'n, you in there?" he whispered at the keyhole. "Yes, who is that, you, Ted?" answered Dick. "Yas," and Ted turned the key. pas sed. Reaching the camp, he shortly met Bob, who said: in "Gates has come, and the Liberty Boys are to be wr.Hj D eKalb.'' re CHAPTER XII. ki1 . A LUCKY ESCAPE. Gates had arrived at Claremont, a few miles above wblR ' the Liberty Boys were encamped. u Word had been sent to Dick that he was to join DeKi 1 and act under his orders. The Baron DeKalb was a s oldier of great experience, " the Liberty Boys were proud to serve unde r him. Immediately upon receiving the news Dick broke up camp and marched to join DeKalb. Reaching Claremont he made a new camp and repo once to DeKalb, whom he had already met. He saw Gates, also, having \>een with him in the north "t knowing him well. "Have you any information concerning the enemy, Di Gates asked. "Yes, General, and I shall try and get more. They some of your coming, and are wary, so that it tremely difficult to get close to their lines." "I understand." "Nevertheless, I shall e ndeavor to learn more. Raw withdrawing his closer to Camden, and Cornw there to strengthen him."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. 13 "I see." 'I will make it my busines s , however, to learn more and let you know at onc e." "Do so, Dick, but upon our knowledge of the strength and position of the enemy will d e pend our own movements." "I will learn all I can, General, although the day is now far spent." Dick then salute d and r eturned to his camp. Here h e put on a d'sgui se and, taking Major, tode at a gallop toward the enemy's lines . It was a d angerous undertaking, but worth risking sl10ul d he succeed. He set off at a good spee d, making all the short cuts h e could. Arriving at a tavern not many miles from Camden he noticed a number of Britis h and Hessian off :cers at the win-dows, as well as men in civilian clothes. . '"It is lik ely that I will learn something here," he thought. It was now even 'ng, and the place was well filled . Tethering Major near the front of the house where it would be conve nient to get him, Dick entered qui etly and unmo lested. 'There was a good deal of noise in the place , but over in a betw ee n two door s he saw a group of officers who seemed to b e talking earnestly together. He sat near them without beng noticed and called for a mug of ale, which he would not drink, however . "I think that if we were to march upon Gates before he gets to Rul?:eley's," said one, "we could prevent his getting a position there." "Then they don't know that the general is already there," was Dick's thought. "No doubt ," sa:d another, "and every such move is in our favot." "To be sure. Once let us scatter these rebels and prevent their coming together and Camden is safe." "Then it must be otherwise, if we could make a combined attack upon it," thought Dick. "Very true, and what his lordship is a ;ming at is to steal a march upon these rebels, prevent their coming together and drive them from every position they attempt to hold." "'If we had more troops we--"' "To be sure, but a d e cisive move will count for much." "Now would be the time to str'ke," thought Dick. "This was just what I wished to learn." He obtain ed much valuable information, but there was m ore which he would like to know and which he hoped to get hold of Other officers came in and joined the group, and Dick was thrust into a corner. He changed his seat so as not to be at a disadvantage in case he had to get away in a hurry, as often happened. • He did not hear much, and then in came Ezra William s , Hiram Curtis and another, probably as big a Tory as the rest. 1 Williams called for punch for his party, and said: "Good evenin', gentlemen. Glad ter see so many er ther king' s officers here." The redcoats paid no attention to him, having little respect for anyone not i n uniform. "Maybe yer dunno thet Gin'ral an' ther Dutchman is at Rugele y's, an' erlookin' round him ter study ther position?" The redcoats now begin to pay more attention, for this was H e suddenly stopped, his eye having chanced to light upon Dick. "I'll show yer what we kin do," he said hoarsely. "There's er r e b e l spy in this here room, an' none on yer knowed et, but I do an' thet's the sarv'ce I'm erdoin' yer." There was instant confusion in the place. "A reb e l spy?" "Who i s h e ? " "Where is the rebel? Point him out to us." "There he is, an' hi s name i s Dick Slater, the wust young reb e l in their Carolinys; there he sets now!" A doz e n r e dcoats arose and in a moment would have surrounded Dick and prevented his escape. There was a three-branc hed candle s tick on each end of the mante l over the great fireplace. The se afforded plenty of light, and besides these there were two si ngl e candlesticks on top of a chest of drawers on the opposite side. As the redcoats surged toward him Dick whipped out his pistol s and fired. Crack-crack! Each of the candelabra was struck squarely in the center and overturned. Down went the candles on the sanded floor and were extinguished. In another moment the two single candles were s nuffed out and the pl ace was in darkness. By the time lights were brought Dick had disappeared. "After the r rebel, don't let him escape!" shouted Ezra W:Iliams. Dick had lo s t no tim e in getting out as soon as he had extingui s hed the lights. He kn e w his bearings thoroughly and was out of the nearest door in an ins tant. He was on h is horse and at the road when the redcoats came swarm'ng out. There was a bright moon, and Dick could be plainly seen . '"There h e goes, ketch ther pesky feller, shoot him, hang him, " roared Ez.ra Williams. "Don't let the spy g e t away," shouted the redcoats. There were horses already saddled, standing at the roadside. In a moment half a dozen redcoats were galloping after Pick. In anothe r still more of the enemy were upon h;s track. D ick had no fear of the outcome from the very start. He knew that Major could outrun any horse there. "Come on, gentlemen!" he shouted. "It's a fine night for a ride, a::id I will give you all the exe1cise you want." On he dashed in the full moonlight and a:iter him went thunderi n g a score of redcoats and Tories stringing along the road at a len gth or two apart, or four or five in a bunch. On and on went Dick, and the leaders fell farther and farther b e hind till they could no longer hear the sound of Maior's footsteps. Through swamps and across country went Dick while the redco a t s look e d in vain for any sigp of him,. CHAPTER XIII. MISCHIEF PREVENTED. new s , evidently. The moon wh ; ch had shone brightly at first began at "I wish he would keep hi s information to himself," mut-length to grow cloudy as Dick went on, and at last he bad tered Dick und e r his breath. to t ake to the road as the woods would be too dark for him I we ai1'.'t. mucJ:i worried ther rebels to make his way on horseback. hem there, contmued Williams m a loud voice. As he struck into the road at last the darkness having "May I .whom you me:;i.n by 'we,' my dear sir?" asked 1 increased, h e heard the voices of men' ahead of him. an officer sitting near to Dick. '"We don't have ter wait till it's late ter git in" said some"Su;tingly, .sir, by 'we ' I !Ylean us, ther king's troops an' one. ' thT.r I yal e1; king, er course." . . I Dick halted, dismounted quickly and run noi selessly on. And what do we mtend to do toward drivmg out ther "An' the re's money what he's got fur ther sale of er cow" rebels, you loyal subj,;cts I mean. who never wore a sword said one. ' 1 or earned a musket? I "Yas, an' we gotter have et. H e's er rebel, an' r e bels There was a laugh at this, among the redcoats. hain' t got no right ter h ave money when we hain't." The y all knew what Rugeley, who was a Tory and dubbed "Thet's so, an' Hawk'ns has got er lot of it." him self a colonel, had done , surrendered hi s entire force upon I It was very clear that the purpos e of the men was robbery. l seeing a wooden gun turned upon his works. Dick considered it very fortunate that he had come up "Ye're in error, sir," said Ezra, who was in an argumen-when he had'. tative mood. We Tories air ther bone and s'n ew er the ken-"They's on'y ther old folks an' sometimes ther school try, an' kin render ther troops ther most valeyble--" ! teach er, but they'll have went t e r b ed by this time."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. "Yas, but they hain't. We want ther money an' we're goin' ter git it." "Where's ther boy what useter work fur Ezry? Is he ter hum?" "No, he ain't, he's jined inter ther Liberty Boys, an' he's went off somewhere s ." Thet's good, 'cause he mought make trouble." There were four of the men, and they were hurrying along in the darkness, never suspecting that anyone knew of their presence. "If I knew where Hank lived it would be easier," was Dick's thought. He hurried back, got Major, and followed on noiselessly after the men. He heard them aga: n presently and heard one say: "Et's down this here lane, ain't et?" "Yes, come on." "Got ther pistols handy." "Yas, don't make so much n oise, yer cow." Dick's sense of hearing was very keen, and he could hear the men at some little distance. Hurrying on, l eading Major, he came to a shady lane. He left Ma.ior standing under a tree, knowing that the intelligent animal would not go away. Then he hurried down t he lane after the four thieves. Hawkins was the father of one of the Liberty Boys, but even if he ha

THE LIB ERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. 15 "I think it is, and that the Liberty Bors will have plen ty! Porterfield was severely wounded and died a few days to do." afterward. . . J ack. Ben Spurlock, George Brewster, Will Freeman,. the . Doth halted and, as pr;soners were taken on each two Harrys, and one or two more heard the news that mght side, the of each l;nown to the other. and f.11 were eager to meet the enemy. J Tlie ros1t1on of. the Bnt1sa was more advanta.geous than Tlie next mo:rnng Dick said to the newest Liberty Boy : that of the Amer1c:ins, as they had crossed Sander's Creek "If you want to go home for a few hours, Hank, you may I and were gi.:arded m the rear. by a swamp: do so." 1 The were upon ns ng gro_und m an open wood "Yaas, I reckon I'd like ter, fust Tate, 'cause we might and were ob liged to watchful of t hen: b e goin' erway an' then I mightn't see ' em a i;i n fur some After the first excitement had sub sided , General Gates time." called a council of war _of his officers . Han1; left for home shortly afterward. seeminrvery nroud A retreat was practicable, and would undoub t edly have t o be able to tell his parents that h e was n ow a Liberty Boy . be e n prudent. . . When he rode bac k during the aftemoon he went directly l No one proposed it, how ever, and General Gates said : to Dick and said: ' ' . "G entlemen, you know our stuation. What are your opin"Why, Cap'n, yer n ever said nuthin' ter me erbout s t opior;,s ?''. ,, . pin ' them robbers from gett"n' my pap's money. " It is now too late to retreat, said General Stevens. "No, I know I didn't," quietly. A silence e n sued which was as favorable to an "But thet was er thing ter do, an' my pap is tarnaand at length General Gates said: tion erblig:ed ter ye fur et." '"f he:1 mus t fight ; gen.tlcn:i c n, pleas:! take your_ pos t s ." "He is entirely welcome, Hank. I was fortunate in com-Tne Bnt1sh army formed m lm e for battle, and waited for in g u pon thos e sconndrels and hearing their plans. After the dawn. that it was easy." I Webster had the r 'ght and Rawson the left, the artillery " Waal, I reckon I'd er said suthin' erbout et myself, cf I of both armies being directly in the cc::itcr. I'd done et." DeKalb, who had charge of the line of battle on the "There no nee d, Hank," with a laugh. "I only did s:cle of the patr iots, took post on the with the Mary my duty. The father of a Liberty Boy in peril, and I land apd D:elaware troops under Gist . went to his re.;cue. It \\-as keeni11cr a part of my Hank." 31,iallwood with the Marylanders formed in reserve, the "You"d ha' done et ef he hadn't er be'n my pap." North C arorna militia urdet Cpq,e ll the center, and "Of course. b ecause the L"bei •ty Boys always help those Ste1(ns and the Virginians the left. in vell, the Virgm1a followed b y Stevens with h"s Virginians. division led by Stevens. and a rear-guard of volun teer cav1 Using their bayonets they presse d forward with great alrv brou gh t up the rear. vigor and. were making good headway when "\Vebster b ore Confident in his streT\e-th by such a disnosition of his down upon them with such ferocitv as to hrenk ihe column. troop s, Gates ordered Colonel Armand to withstand the at-The Virginians fir ed a singl e volley and were then scat tack of the enemy's cavalry, whatever their number might t ered, many of them throw:ng down their arms and fleeing in be. I the greatest confusion. The most profound silence was commanart of L1eute,nant -Col'.1:1el Ham-The Liberty Boys, with Dick Slater at their heaYere surpr ised, and each fir e d at the same At length DeKalb perceived an advantage and ordered a m oment. bayonet charge. Some of Armand's troo p s were kill ed at the first fire, and Dick dismounted his boys and joined in it. the remainder fell back upon the FiYst Maryland brigade. I The enemy recoiled before the tremendous charge as the The unexpected attack and retreat cause d great confusion gallant lads pressed forward with a rirlgin g cheer. and the column of the Marylanders was broken by the shock, Harry Thurber, Ben and Sam were near Hank Hawkins the w hol e lin e being in confosion. I when the charge was made. Porterfield and Armstrong then dashed forward nnd at-They watched the boy narrowly, being ready to e nco'..lrag tacked the enemy's right and left with great gallantry. 1 h i m if he showed the least sign of weakening.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. I This was his fir s t battle, and he was in the very thick of "Yes, and Cornwalli s , Webster, Tarleton and the rest can'the fight where the storm of war raged the fiercest. not say that we are not good fighters." It would not have been strange had he lost his head, and Hank Hawkins, the n ew Liberty Boy, was very qui et and the boys stood ready to aid and encourage him. set apart from the rest, taking no part in the conversation, It was this very readines s to stand by their comrad es and seeming to be buried in thought. which gave the troop its strength and enabled them to fight "'You are not wounded, Hank?" asked Jack approaching so valiantly. with the two Harrys and Ben. Hank seemed to be utterly carried away by the spirit of "No, I don't guess so," Hank replied, feeling himself. "I the fight, and to have no thought whatever of himself. don't feel nothin' an' I don't see no blood nowheres." He cheered with the rest, charged with them and pressed "But you are so quiet, old man, that we thought yo u resolutely on, seeming to be moved by some impule outside might have be e n hurt," said Ben. of himself, of wh i ch he knew nothing. "Waal, I've be'n erthinkin'. War ain't er lot er fun, is it?" The slaughter among the enemy was terrific, and they I "No," said Jack, soberly. recoiled, fifty of their men falling prisoners to the Amer"Ye're jest ertryin' ter kill somebody an' somebody is er-icans. tryin' ter kill yew ther hull time an' ye're mighty lucky ef A score of the enemy came rushing upon Dick just before i yer come out'n et w"th er hull skin." thf'y receded. "So you are," answered Harry Thurber, "but you are fight"Look out for Dick, boys," yelled Jack, who, with Mark, ing for one of the most sacred causes that man ever engaged was nearest to the gallant young leader. in." "Come on, Hank," said Harry Thurber, as he with Harry "Yaas, I know, but it's killin' all ther same. Et ain't no Judson, Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson pressed forward. fun, I can tell yer that." to .ioin Jack. I "Patsy says it is, when he isn't fighting," observed Ben, Hank obeyed mechanically, and a score of the boys presse d "but he says very little when he is." on, reaching Dick's side and hurling themselves upon the1 "I had an .idea thet drivin' out ther redcoats was suthin' enemy. like drivin' sheep or pigs," said Hank, "an' thet they'd jest A giant guardsman raised his piece to fire at Dick. run, but they didn't. They licked us, didn't they?" Hank hurriedly snatched a pistol from his belt and shot "They certainly did," muttered Ben. the guardsman in the side, hardly seeming to know what he "Yes, it was a defeat for us," was Jack's answer, "but was doing. there will be more battles bes'.des this and we will try and The man fell and hastily crawled away as the plucky boys do b etter." drove off the enemy. "Did I take on as if I was skeered ?" asked Hank. Meanwhile the battle was going on fiercely all around "No," answered Jack, "you did not, you fought manfully." them, but no one seemed to know anything of it except what "Waal, I was, all ther same. I was just skeered 'most took place immediately in front of him. out'n my skin." _The fiercest charge of all was made at that point and the "You d .'dn't act like it," laughed Ben. Liberty Boys suddenly found themselves in the very vortex " 'Feared to me I wanted ter turn everv minnit. , an' I of the fig-ht. . reckon I would haye ef ther hadn't be'n so many behind me." Dick Slater had u sed up all his ammunition with the ex"Why, you dashed 'n and prevented that big trooper from ception of a single bullet, and that he now loaded with the braining Dick," said Harry Judson. greatest care. "Did I? Seems ter me I do 'member suthin' erbout et. It was his last bullet, and he must save it for an emer-But then I couldn't very well help it. could I?" gency, not knowing when it might be most needed. "Y h Before that terrible storm of battle, fiercer than anv they es, you might ave run, I suppose, but we never ex-h d pected that you would!" '.1 Y:t encountered, the brave Marylanders were forced to The Liberty Bovs were safe in the swamp and they detergive way. d t f t" d th G h h d Th D. I . d d b k . mme o remam or a 1me an en Join ates, w o a re-e . e awa1es, ma1me an ro en, were obliged to re-treated to Charlotte, e'ghty miles distant. treat with them, and both fled to the swamps. . . Dick quickly got his brave boys together and beat a reand his aid had bee!1 taken to Camden, and here treat in g-ood order, the gallant young leader being the last he died a few da:-(S later •. as D_1ck learned afterwar?. to l eave the field. I The boys rema!ned qmetly m the the i:1g-ht after Dick Slater, p"stol in hand, the fast of the Libertv Boys the attending to the w9unded, cleamng then muskets to retreat, came suddenly upon DeKalb, leaning against. al and domg th ngs. tree, badly wounded. In mornmg Dick, Bob and a few of the boys set out to He had fallen, pierced with eleven wounds and even now reconnoiter . was in danger of his life. ' . had J?"?ne to overtake Sumter and prevent A giant trooper, dashing through the wood, saw him and his formm17 a umon with Gates. raised h's sword. . Cornwallis had returned to Camden previous to march-Now, if ever, Dick Slater must act. mg northward. Springing forward, he raised his pistol containing his last There were some scattered bodies of l'edcoats still in the bullet. ' neiP-hborhood and these were to be avoided. The merciless trooper was about to slash at the wounded With Dick and Bob were Ben, Harry Thurber, Sam, Hank .O:"Jlf'ral. and one or two others. ' .D'ck fired, carrying away the troon ers' hat and striking They were in uniform and there was some caution to be his sword arm, causing his saber to fall. experienced, therefore . . It was Dick Slater's last bullet, but it had saved DeKalb's Riding; on for some distance they met a party of rough life. look"ng men who glared at them as they rode by, but said In another instant he threw himself in front of the gen-nothing. era! as more troopers rushed up. and shouted: "Those are Tories," said Hank. "Zeke Putey an' some "Stop! This is General DeKalb!" more. They don't like ther looks o' our uniform er bit" CHAPTER XVI. AFTER THE BATTLE. Dick quickly found assistance and the wounded general was borne from the field and taken to a farm house. Assured that the brave commander was safe, Dick made his way to the swamp, where he found the rest of the Liberty Boys. "We made a good fight, Dick, but the luck was against us," said Bob. "Well, we can't help that," laughed Bob. "We shali not take it off to please them." They went a few miles farther, and then hearing nothing of any importance and seeing no redcoats, they set out upon the return. Dick at that moment heard suspicious sounds . There was a body of men coming in each direction. The redc oats had no doubt been told by the Tories of the presence of the Liberty Boys. The party in the rear was a detachment of redcoats, no doubt. "Charge!" cried Dick, suddenly . The redcoats wheeled and went dashing down the road at full speed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. 17 Help was rived. coming, but they might be taken before it arOn sped the Liberty Boys, but in a short time Dick gave a signal and clashed down a path leading to a swamp. of the scoundrels burning houses and iunning off with cattle. "Char:re. Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "Down with the Tory marauders." In a few moments nothing was seen of them and two parti es of redcoats, meeting on th,e road, found that their expected prey had escaped. CHAPTER XVII. AFTER THE TORY THIEVES. With a ringing cheer, the brave fellows dashed forwa1d. They charged on the Tories with vim. The Tories, caught at their evil work, fled in hot haste. The Tories, as a rule, were at the most but cowards. Scattering in all directions, some into the woods, some to the swamps, and some making for the hills, they quickly escaped. 1 Dick and the boys entered the camp. The boys put out the fire, forming a bucket brigade, and working industriously. The cattle were saved, and several loads of plunder which Dick Slater, dismounting and lingering in the bushes, the the Tories had got together, ready to take away, were recovboys going on, witnessed the meeting of the two parties of ered. redcoats. By the time the fires were out it was nearly evening, and With those toward whom the boys had been riding were the the boys concluded to form a temporary camp for the night Tories they had met before. and go on the march again in the morning. "Where are your -young rebels?" asked the leader of the The night passed quietly. second party. They made an early start and were nearing Hank's house "They were here but now," replied the officer whom Dick when the schoolmaster came hurrying toward them. had recognized. He :had received one or two wounds, his clothing was dis"Yes, but whereare they now? You surely have not capordered and he was in a state of great excitement. tured them?" '"Hurrv up!" he said. "Ezra Williams, H iram Curtis and "They went inter the swamp, that's what," said Zeke others have robbed Mr. Hawkins and iun off with his Peters. "This here is ther path. I'll take yew tew et in er money." few minutes." Dick, Bob, Jack, Hank and a dozen others dashed on. "Is it safe?" asked one or two of the officers. Reaching Hank's house they found Mrs. Hawkins at the "Suttinly, ef yer faller me an' go jest where I tell yer," door, wringing her hands. answered Peters. "Oh, Hank!" she sa'd, "I donno ef yer paw will live or not. "Very good, lead on," said the officer. Them murdering Tories has been here and--" They turned off into the path leading to the swamp, the Hank ran inside and Dick asked: Tories going ahead. "They have 1rone ?" When Dick realized what was happening he crept away, ?!at. more'n ten minnits ergo. They went that 'ere l eading Major. pomtmg ,:1P i:oad. Then at a point where the trees arched over the path and. Come, boys, said Dick. "Tell Hank to follow us, Mrs. bushes were thick on either side, he halted and signaled to [ Ha"'.kins."d h" d 1 the Liberty Boys. Dick an 1s pa1-ty ro e on at a ga lop and in a short They had not gone far, and some of them now returned.I time the of the Boys came up. Presently the Tor'es and redcoats appeared. They waited a while. . "Make ready, Liberty Boys," cried Dick from the bushes. Jhen came out, sa>;mg: , . '"Let the 1'edcoats have it, but shoot the Tories first. Ready He amt dead, .mam,. an I reckon hell be all right, but -Aim--" yer wanter keep hnn quiet an' send for ther doctor." Th . T f 11 b k h h d t '"All right," answered Mrs. Hawkins. . e. ories e ac m great aste, t e re coats sea ter-Then Hank jumped upon his rough-coated horse and rode mi< nght and left. . . off like the wind. m the bushes and many were m dan"What's the trouble, Mrs. Hawkins?" a sked Mark. ge\ of be ng m a marshy t:act a: one side. . "The Tories has runned off with my man's money in a box, 'lhen the Boys appea1ed fo1 a moment and disand have nearly muidered him. Hi Curtis Ezry Williams appeared again. . . . . , ' ' Tbe enemy, fearing they were coming on in greater and some moie. The1 cap n has went arter nu m.bers, fell. hurriedly. . . "Come on boys " said Mark and off they went like the Dick and his little party rode on, laughmg at the trick they wind. ' ' ' ha played upon the redcoats. . Half a mile farther on they came upon Hank at the f rk . , done ieckoned there was er l'lght smart on us com-of the road. 0 m up, laughed Hank. Hank halted them. "There's nothin' loike strategy, me bye," said Patsy, "an' "Some on yer air to go this 'ere way," he saiu, "and some it's no sin to make the inimy belave annything." on yer air ter faller me." "Dot don'd was ein lie," said Carl. "Dot was diblomancy, Mark at once took the greater part of the bovs and went don'd you knowed dot." one way, while Hank took the other, following Dick. "Waal, I reckon it be tellin' lies ef yer wasn't havin' er The Tories had divided their forces, evidently fearin1r purwar, but war makes everything different." suit. They went on and by a detour reached their camp without Dick had taken the right hand road by chance and left seeing any more of the redcoats. directions for Mark to follow the other. "We must look out for these Tories," declared Bob. "They Riding on at a good speed Hank at length overtook Dick went for the redcoats, no doubt." and his party. "They's er lot of 'em 'round our way," said Hank. '"They' s They had come to a roadside tavern where Williams, CurWilliams and Curtis, and them other fellers what yer seen tis, and half a dozen others had lately stopped. ertiyin' ter git inter our house." The landlord was talking to them. "And at such a time when we have met with such a great "Ezry Williams stopped here, 'cause I know him," the disaster, they are more than ever dangerous," added Dick. landlord said. "I dunno all the rest, but they're a pooty "We will have to look out for depredations by such feltoui

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND DEKALB. Bob, the two Han-ys, Beh and others took one of these I "Wa:;+l, ther ole man allus was er s]jnflint, yer know thet trails, a small party followed a s econd, and Dick, Jack, Hank ez well ez me. Comin' back here, was he, arter he hid ther and three or four more went upon the third. box?" . They were on in file, the path hav;ng become "No, he wasn't, he's goin' on outer North Ca'linv. He rough and narrow, when Dick suddenly paused. 'lowed the mill didn't pay none, no mo', an' he reckoned that "Come here, Hank," he said. ef he could get yer pap's money, et'd start him good somc'ere Hank dismounte d and ran forward. else." There ';'ere hoofprints straight ahead and foot"Oh, he did, eh? Sort er purvidin' fur his futur at ther marks gomg toward a betwe e n h i lls. . I exp e nse o' om"n, hey? Nice an' honest, ain't et?" On a stump covered w ith moss was the mark as if a heavy, "Ye1"re er no 'count ennyhow, ye're rebels. Yer orter l ose square box had rested on it. yer money." "Ef yer was enny 'count yerself, Ezry \Yilliams, I'd lick CHAPTER XVIII. yer fur thet," said Hank, "but yer ain' t. Y e're er low-down thief, an' er murcler:n• shoat, an' I wouldn't soil my hands on THE DEPARTURE OF OLD EZRA. Iyer." "I thtth . f fth 'b H k?" kdD'k "What d i d he say?" s a e size o your a er s ox, an . as e 1c . "Yer e . ti1 f " "Et surely is Cap'n." .. , . l 1e . "Do you the mark of Ezra Williams's foot?" )p !tck Hank :a;:iwkms," "Waal I've seen et often ernuff I know thet bov ennyNo yer i:rnn t, said Come on, Im erwa1t1:1. how. Et has brass nails on ther co1:ners, an' yer kin see ther :pzra g?t up hurned away back, , . points on 'em here, in the r mos s." Go Hank. , We don t .'\'-nt y I "How about Ezra's footprints?" reckon ye1 1.1 leave this here counc;ry ciu1cn:, too. "He toes out ermaz in' an' he has er biofoot twelve inches He was for Ezra l eft the d .stnct that day and n e ve r " " ' returned to 1 t long an' very wide. He w ea1s a toed boot." I . "Is that so?" . Dick and Jack went on up the slope, and saw Ezra W: l"Yes." hams at the top. "Look at thes e marks ," pointing to some footpri11ts going He }rnrried across an open space , reaching the bi:.nk of a off toward the tangle. tumblmg stream. Hank examined foe mar ks. He attempte d to le." tee! by being immers ed in the stream. on, the "tracks became fresher, the moss upon . Fearing Dick or Jack upon him, he hur which some of them w e re s e t being sharply n:arked wlth away mto the forest and quickly disappeared. them. Hallo, Cap'nl" called Hank, presently. They found a place where the box had been set down, its ,','Hallo!" returned Jack. whole outline be ing mo s t distinct. Got ther feller?" asked Hank, coming forward. Hurrying on they h1tard angry voices and the sound of "'Ne know where it is, but we don't know if we can i;::e t i alarm. or not." th,;re . a s hot, a yell and rapid footsteps. I '.'.What do )'OU mean?" said D i ck. "We are almost upon the scoundre l s." .. T)1e bP:C. ,, Hurryrng forw a rd the boy s r e ached an open glade at the VI here is it? foot of a stee p de c line. j . dropped it in the run. It's at the bottom, bu Here the y saw young Ezra stting on a fallen log holdit will be some trouble to get at it." in g a still smoking p is tol in his hand. ' The boys leaped over, saw the box at the bottom, and be "Don't keer ef I did s hoot ther ole skunk" he s narled. gan to p reparations to get it out. ' "He'd no bizness ter lick me like o' thct." ' Hank and went into the water, being tightly he ! "What did he lick yer fur?" asked Hank. by Jack: " 'Cause I wouldn't take thi s heavy box " Stooping down he got the box and handed it to Dick whr "Is that so?" lifted it out. ' ' "Yes." '.'.Now we've got to get it to the other side," said Jack. "Yer didn't kill him?" in a!! awed tone. That won't be so hard," laughed Dick. "Take hold au, "No! Wisht I had, the r ole s kunk." swif!g it with me." ;;where'd he go?" . J?1ck. held one handle and Jack the other and began { That er way, u p th e r hill. I don't gues s he 'sl}ects yc're swmg it back and forth. v ercomin'. I know I didn't." I HLet go!" said Dick, and away flew the box, right acrO\ Dick had found the t r ail and se t out up the stee n ascept. . the stream to the onposite bank. "Was yer with him w he n he robbed my pap?" Hank asked. The boys followed. ; "No, he picked me up after an' made me take the'i pqx. We . I t had not been ppenecl, and the money it contained " reckoned yer wouldn't fdller, 'cause we sent the r ho sses mtac.t.. . t'other way." J W1lhams, Curtis, and all the Tories concerned in the rJ "You didn't, eh?" . bery di;sappe;ued and none returned to that section. 1 1 ;;No." . I Hap.I!: Hawkins with the Liberty Boys till tit Huh! Ye're er big fool! Couldn't we see poth trflcks? end of the war, ii!ld did nob.le work for the cause. We seen whar yer set ther box on er strpp, fll1' fl.fter on Those who had known 111m befo:e hardly recognized hfl ther moss. Don't yer 'spect we're useter fo!lowin' tracks?" at the end of the he had so improved. '11 "We ieckoned yer'cl be lookin' fur hoss tracks an' wo)dn't . Bot Bryce knew him, for she had seen him from time kno w we'd took to our feet." time and had watche d the changes in him. "Yer blame cow, we're erlookin' fur all sorts." She became Mrs. Joseph Henry ,Hawkins a year or Hank looked around and then said: and grew to be prouder of her hus band the J .'.'Yer pap done tooked the box hisself, after di<;ln't he?" ger she .lived. . . Yaas, he did." ' . The Liberty Boys Jomed Gates at Charlotte and took :;Ye're er dutiful son, ben't yer, Ezry ?" in the subsequent events of the campaign. No Ir]-ore'n he deserves, I ain't, makin' me qo all the:r work. .Ive te,r cl? all your work an' my own I week's will contain "THE LJBERTY BO yew quit, an d1dn t git no more wages, nuther." J SEVEN BATTLES; OR, FIGHTING IN THE FOREST . "


THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76. 19 FROM ALL POINTS TEEL BLOCKHOUSES FOR THE ROBBER.November 1 of this year and after checking up rePROOF BANK. sults find that they passed that mark considerably, The robbery of suburban banks around Chicago, earning $1,750.43 above feed costs. been so frequent and so successful of late that The number of hens in the eleven flocks varied nkers have had to give no little attention to this somewhat during the year, but the average total usual phase of banking. How to protect the each month of the year was 436 hens. This means neys and securities placed in their care has been that the boys made a profit of a little more than $4 rave problem, but one thinking banker has solved above feed cost per hen. by installing a steel blockhouse in his establish-At the same the Goshen boys launched their exnt. periment nine boys of West Hartford, entered into a he steel blockhouse is built into the wall of the similar venture. As some of these boys lived in ilding, and can be entered through a narrow door suburban homes with limited facilities for keeping either side. A number of loop -ho les permit guns chickens they owned fewer hens than the Goshen d machine guns to be used to cover every part boys. The average total for each month was 200 the banking rooms. The steel plate used is of h ens. Although their total profits were but $784.55, fficient thi ckness to resist small-arms fire. The their profits per bird were $3.92, but little less than ns of the blockhouse also command the exterior that of the Goshen boys. building. Night and day a guard is posted Now the boys think they can beat their own recth1s fortress, ready at an instant's notice to man ord and both clubs plan to continue their work ane guns and machine guns. other year. New members are being added to the So no highwayman can hope to hold up this bank clubs and it is probable that a large mark will be covering the tell e:i: with a gun; he will still have set. e blockhouse to reckon with. The poultry clubs were organized through the ConWBOYS RODE OUT TO ROPE THE SHE"RIFF. Cow-punchers in the famous Rosebud country of uthern South Dakota, angered becau se an old e range rider was arrested by State Sheriff u rses, unloosened their lariats and made every paration to rope and drag the Sheriff, but he be od them off with an automatic revolver. tel t was during a round-up celebration at the town 1 White River, in the heart of the Rosebud coun• 1 c . owpunchers from far and near had gathered participate in the riding and other feats and en the festivities. n the c rowd were a number of persons who took antage of the occasion to peddle liquor. Among se was an old range rider who was very popular h his fellows and the cow punchers in general. ithout disclosing his identity. the Sheriff nd e d u p and arrested all the booze peddlers he I d find, arnong them the old-time range rider. the cow punchers started out to rescue him. h e Sheriff, with his automatic in evidence, ed all his prisoners in jail. EARN $4 PER HEN. ! even boys of Goshen, Conn., started out Novem-1, 1918, to earn $1,000 profit in one year from r flocks o f hens. They finished the experiment :;iecticut Agricultural College. ELECTRICALLY HEATED CLOTHES FOR AIRMEN. The extreme. cold encountered at the higher altitudes makes it necessary to provide electrica lly heated clothes for airmen, at least in the instance of most military machines which offer no protec tion to the passengers. The energy required to heat these suits is generally around 80 watts, disposed as follows: Helmet, 20 watts; each glove, 16 watts; each moccasin, 14 watts. The energy is supplied at 12 volts, either from a storage battery or from a small fandriven generator of stream-line shape mounted on the airplane, the fan being rotated by t . he passage of the plane through the air. The heat ing elements are fiat loops of resistance wire about seven per inch and about 9/32 inch wide per row. They are machine-sewed on a cotton cloth base, the cotton thread being carried along the top and bottom of each row of loops parallel to the hori zontal axis of the row. Flexibility results from this mounting, and the base can be stretched or crum pled at will without danger of breaking the wire. Each heating element is composed of two bare wires in contact with one another throughout a consider able part of every loop, so that if a break occurs in any one wire, the effect is merely to force the small amount of energy concerned through a conducting path of smaller cross-section between the break and the near points of contact.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. D. T. No. 33 --ORTHE BOSS OF THE MESSENGER BOYS By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER V. THE DREAM GIRL. But the roof! But he was too high up. Nobody seemed to The cry was not taken up in the street. Harry now perceived a flat skylight on the rea slope of the roof, about three feet down from th ridge. It looked good to him. "If I could once get on the right all right I coul easy get to that skylight," he said to himself. "Wh didn't I think of that before? " Just then he heard a tremendous crash below hi Evidently the fire had eaten its way through t floor, and some heavy piece of machinery had tum bled through to the floor below. "This building is doomed, " Harry said to himse It was, as has already been mentioned, an old"I must get out, surest thing. There is no use wai fashioned shingle roof, and so steep that for anyone ing another instant." to stand upon it seemed impossible. His reso lve once taken, Harry did not pull bac Nothing but a cat or a roofer could safely move Thrusting his other shoe into his coat pock about on that roof. Harry climbed upon the window ledge, and lowe1 Still, something had .to be done, for the smoke ing himself backwards through the opening, hu had now become so thick that the messenger boy down by his hands. could scarcely breathe, and the lantern light looked His height / was about five feet six. There w dim and yellow. less than three feet to drop. Gaining the window, Harry peered out. Harry's heart was in his mouth. He did not dar It was a bright moonlight night, and he could see to let go. the roof distinctly about eight feet below. But it had to be. •'If I go down there I go to my death," thought Harry. Screwing up his courage at last, he abandoned h Would the eng ines never come? hold and dropped-dropped to land astraddle of tl Not a sound could be heard except the rumble of ridge, where he sank down and clutched the shit an elevated train down on Greenwich street. gles with his hands. 1 1 But yes, there was one other sound, and it was an Oh, what a relief? ominous one. But it took a moment or two for the boy to pt It >ms the crackling of flames on the floor below. himself together. Harry's determination was quickly taken. It was This done, he turned around and cautiom certainly death to remain where he was, consequentcrawled along the ridge until he was on a line ly it was necessary to get somewhere else, and the the skylight. only place he could get to was that roof. Then he sat down and slid till his feet came 0 Lu ckily the window was directly above the ridge against the frame. 0 of the roof. He could go no further without going to his dea0 Harry had once been sent with a message to a boss nor would it be an easy matter to get back again. roofer who was at work on a steep roof, although it Harry glanced up at the window. i was by no means as steep as this. Smoke was pouring out in a dense volume. 0 He remembered how he had climbed a ladder and And now he could hear men running and bkJ pok ed his head out through a scuttle, and seeing clanging below him. i] roofers walking about in their stocking feet. The engines were coming at last. ie He sat down on the top steps and pulled off his Harry turned his attentioi:i to the skylight. . .gj shoes. It was not fastened, and it worked on a pair ' One he put in his pocket, with the other he began rusty hinges. fe smashing the glass in the nailed-down sash. Having ascertained these facts, the messe11:i The smoke went rushing out, but the cool night air I boy lost no time in getting down to business. :>l now came in just the same, and it felt good to No. 33, He turned the skylight over on the shingles 1" too. peered down through the opening. E With the heel of his shoe Harry knocked out the It was as dark as a pocket. Jfo last remnant of the broken glass on the lower sash, Harry wished he had his ' lantern, for he co " and then leaned far out of the window. not see a thing. Jt He felt all right as to breathing now that he could But it mattered little. "] get the fresh air. Down through that opening he had to go, an4io P erhaps now some one would see the smoke and decided to go unannounced and take his turn in an alarm. So again he loweted himself by his hands ;y "Fire! Fire! Fire!'' yelled the messenger boy. dropped.


;.........-----------------------------THE LIBERTY BOYS OF . '76. 21 It was but a short descent. 1 "You b e t I will if I can!" cried Harry. "Who Harry landed lightly in his stock ing feet. are these p e ople then?" Still he could see nothing. 1 "I'm sure I can't tel l y ou. But of the house is Why was the place so dark when it was bright I g oing to be bumed ought we to waste a minute's oonlight outside? time t alking?' ' Harry struck a match. I 'Not on your life! Are you-ar e you dressed?" He found himself standing in a small room with "No. But my clothes are in that closet though, eavy curtains again s t the windows. I u nles s the y have been taken away." On one side was a bed, and there lay a young girl "Then le t me cut you free, and I'll stand out in under the covers, sound asleep. the hall while you dress." "Great Scott!" thought 33. "This is certainly a " Ah, but the door is locked. I don't know how you nice place for a fellow to come butting into ! " will g e t out unl e ss you break through." His first thought was to sneak outof the door. "Look here, I'll find a way!" cried Harry. "Are Then came the recollection of the fire. your hands tied?" Thi$ girl must be warned! so must the other peo"Yes , and my feet, too." ple in the house. "But this is barbarous. Have you been so ever For with the headway the flames had already sinc e they brou ght you here?" ade next door there could scarcely be a doubt that " Y e s. But you are talking again. Oh, please his building was also doomed. don't ! This seems to be a chance for me to escape. Harry lit another match, and seeing a lamp stand-Pleas e d o help me to make the most of it." ng on a table he proceeded to light that, too. "You b e t I will! I 'shall have to turn down the He had just accomplished this when he heard a covers and cut the cold around your wrists." ustling behind him. "Do it quick. Then give me the knife, and I will He wheeled about, and saw that the girl had do the rest." urned over on her . Out came Harry's knife, and the first part of Her eyes were wide open, and she was lookmg the programme was carried out on the instant. traight at him. Giving the girl the knife, Harry turned his at-1 Harry gave a gasp. tention to the door. Instantly the memory of the portrait he had seen It was indeed locked but when he shook it Harry i t Mr. Semple's house flashed back to his mind. discovered that it not bolted on the outside, The face of the girl in the bed was the living as he feared might be the case. uplicate of the face in the picture. "Perhaps I can unscrew that lock with my knife," It the lady of his . thought the messenger boy. She did not appear to be m the least frightened. "Are you free?" he asked, turning to the bed. The look she upon the messenger boy "Yes, I ' replied the girl. "Can you do anything as rather one of curiosity. 'th th door?" "Y " h d t "A wi e are a new one, s e sai a re "I think so. Give me the knife. " ou still another Or can it be possible that Of course the end of the big blade snapped off ou are here to help me. fi t th' g "M' " d H "I'm only a messenger rs m a gasp.e arry, . . But it worked better after that, and Harry was y. Im certamly not your enemy. The bmldmg , bl t th ne by one n. ext door is all on fire. I got locked in there toa Ae 0 remotve e scdrehws 0 the d.oor back h f f h' momen more an e swung . ght, and I had to drop down on t e roo o t is There was noise enough in the street nc:iw, but as use, and then I dropped down here the H r t d t th h d f the stairs inside that ylight. There isn't the least doubt that this house h arry his a t he ea 0 d ill go, too. You want to let your folks know about ouse e .cou no ear a : ?" e fire. Everybody in the house wants to get out "Who is supposed to. be m house, anyway. ght away." demanded No. 33, turnmg back i:ito the room. " You don't understand," cried the girl. ."The peo"The only person I have seen smce those two men e in this house are not my people. They are my brought me here is a horrible. old woman who .had emies. I am a prisoner here. They have me tied waited on me," replied. the girl. "I can't believe wn to this bed." there are many people m the house. It has always "What!" cried Harry. "Why, you don't say!" been very still." . . ,, . He remembered what he and Snick had seen and "Get up and dress Just as qmck as you can, cned ickly added: ' Harry. "I'll stand outside." . "Mebbe you're the girl I saw dragged in here He retreated to the hall, and stood there m the t of a hack the other night?" dark. "Indeed I am," was the reply. "I am sure I don't Not a sound could be throughout the ow who you are, if you can get me out. of this .should the warmng, or sneak out quietly use without alarmmg these people you will earn with the girl . y everlasting gratitude." (To be


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. GOOD R.EADING GIRL RUNAWAY HOME AGAIN Two years ago Margaret Dickey , a pretty little Irish girl of 1 4 years, disappeared suddenly from her home in Scranton, Pa. Ever since her parents conducted a nation-wide search, spending virtually all their savings in frantic efforts to find the last daughter. Late last night a p enniless girl wandered into the Union Station, Washington, and appealed to the Travellers' Aid Soc i ety, whose representatives sus pected that she was a runaway. Finally she broke down and told her story, and a telegram went to the home she left two years ago. To-day there was a happy but pathetic reunion in the Union Station and the family joyfully returned to Scranton. The girl says she left her home simply because she "wanted to see the world. " After leaving she feared to return or send any information of her where abouts to her family, thinking they would not for give her. Margaret said she had spent most of her time in Philad elphia, Richmond and Petersburg, having come to Washington last night from the latte r place, where she had been clerking in a store. In all the places she said she us ed assmned names and several times saw advertisements asking her to return hom e . WORLD'S CHAMPION PIE-MAKER Who is the champion pie-maker of the world? Susan Lisby, stout, generous and a recognized .. And still, despite her record, Susan remains un .1arried. "There ain't a man liYin' I'd marry unless h .:ould show me a good bank account and a bette .ivin' than pie-makin' has brought me,'' says S usa "Oh, yes; men have eaten my pies, waxed senti mental under the influence of the pastry and got re silly an' proposed. Not long ago a certain well mea in' man ate one of my pumpkiil pies, and when h had eaten the last morsel, he says :-'Susan I wan you in my home for life.' 'Go-l ong,' I repli es, 'let' see your bank book.' He lit out and I never laid eye on him again.' "What's my receipe '! That's a secre t of my bus ness. But I do 'bout as other folks do-mix thin up and put the pies in the oven to simmer. I nav bother much about them, but somehow they com out all right, with flaky crusts an' luscious inside It's pie intuition, I guess. " NEW CLIPPINGS. In a sound amplifier invente d by a Californi scientist the fall of a feathe1; makes a noise like wrestler thrown upon a mat. The reservoir of a new fountain pen holds as muc as an ordinary small bottle of ink and is shaped t fit the hand comfortably. A recently patented toy sqldier can be made hold a rifle in several positions, including that firing . pastry wizard, lays claim to that honor. As head cook of Pennsylvania l\Iilitary College at Loose woolen trousers for athletes to slip on ov Chester, Pa., she has b:;ikeci exactly 23,600 pies dur-their scanty attire while resting, much as ing the past six years. And every one of them has are worn, are a novelty. brought gastronomic joy divine to "P. l\I. C." cadets. I But that is only one item in Susan's pie -making A gum containing from 10 to 20 per cent. rubbe record. For ten years, she was pie-maker-in-chief has been discovered in the Malay Peninsula. at Swarthmore College and, during that period, she baked seventy-five pies a week or a total of 39,000. When Susan transplanted her pie-making efforts from Swarthmore to Pennsylvania Military Co ll ege , there was a near-riot among Swarthmore students. They held meetings and passed urgent resolutions for the rehabilitation of the pi e wizard, but Susan was deep in the joy of concocting fruit-upholstered pastry circles for appreciative cadets and she refused to budge . Susan's pies have cured the most acute cases of hom esickness among the eadets at the college . A cadet's tear ducts may have been moist for days; there may have been a lump in his throat as big as a walnut, but once h e collides with one of Ssan's pie s, memories of home and mother become dim, and joy floods his being. Two ovens of the usual kind and a third on fireless cooker principle featt:re a new gas range. 1 A sugar co ' 11pany' s milis scatte r e d throughout t Fiji Islands have been linked by radio telegraphy. I For motorists or campers an Ohio man has pi ented a two-gallon pail that folds flat lih an op hat. The Government of France has opened a sc h of medicine and one of agriculture in French W Africa. An Australian engineer has invented an that is run by sewe1 gas.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 2 3 INTERESTING ARTICLE THRIFT WEEK. Natio1:al Thrift Day, Saturday, January 17, 1920.Koen interest on the part of the public in the proTo enlis t t h e Nation in a campaign to "Save first j ected plans for a national Thrift Week beginning and spend afterwards." In other words, to stick January 17, 1920, has been evidenced in many ways resolutely to the pl'Ogr.'.lm of making th.e present a lrt)ady, the Savings Division of the Treasury De-insure the future by the regular saving and in partment announced to-d ay . The purpose of the vestment of some part of every pay envelope to w eek will be the endeavor to start the country off finance future opportuniti es or needs; to invest in the New Year with a sound financial program savings safely, p1eferably in loss -proof Governfor eve11y individual and household. Two ends are ment securities; to curb the profiteer by demandsought. First, that the condition of the individual ing a dollar's worth of goods for every dollar b e improved, and second, that the financial and inspent. dustrial strength of the nation be increased by the Thrift Sunday, January 18.-Sermons in all great sums of capital which will accrue through the American pulpits on the relation of economic ractice of steady saving and safe investment on life to religious well -b eing, and the need of sharht: part of r.itizens. ing with others. "The importance to the country of the practice of Life .Insurance Day, 19.-To hrift and saving by the individual is not readily I m1portance of protectmg one's family ppreciable," said William Mather Lewis, director with hfe m s urance. f the savings division, "until its results in the agOwn-Your-Own-Hoi_ne Day, Tuesday , 20 . regate are summed up. While the country was To show why desirable and how possible to own a uying twenty billion dollars worth of Liberty home. onds, it also put away more than a billion dollars l\Iake-a-Will Day, Wednesday, January 21.-To n War Savings Stamps, and savings bank deposits urge men to make wills, and in so doing impress this country also have increased some eight bi!upon them the nec essity of making provision for on dollars during the years the world has been at the future. ar. Thrift-in-Industry Day, Thursday, January 22.-To it "The absorption of the Liberty Lo ans was due emphasize the need for factory thrift, and the 0 mewhat to exten s ion of our national credit, but economic value of co-O!_)Cration betw een capital urchases of Savings Stamps and increass in bank and l abor . eposits were almost wholly due to the wise prefer-Family Budget Day, Friday, January 23.-To show nee of the indi vidual for increasing his own and thej the importance of using the budget plan in family untry's capital account instead of using his funds finance. unnecessary spending. j Pay-Your-Bills Day, Saturday, January 24.-To em"lt is to bring to the attention of the country that I phasize the moral obligation to pay debts. o e can, without sacrificing its pleasures or curtailg its comforts , add several billion dollars more to Formal pledges to co-operation in furthering Na s capital account next year that plans for a Na-1 ' tional Thrift Week thus far includes the voluntary il;nlonal Thrift Week early in the year have been offer of a large. firm to give a share of its advertisl r omulgated. ing space, and resolutions by three of the largest "Steady additions to the nation's capital are ne-banking groups of the country, the American Bank ssary if we are to take advantage of the trade and ers' Association, the Investmen t Bankers' Associa dustrial opportunities that will keep us at our tion and the American Institute of Banking. The esent full tide of prosperity. We must. refrain latter at its recent convention in New Orleans o m unnecessary and extravagant spending if we adapted the following r esolution: e to bring prices down. Having saved money, it "Intelligent and systematic practice of Th.rift deessential that the individual invest safely. To velops a higher type of in div idual and increases the i s end we urge continued investment in Governeconomic strength of the nation; we therefore ent securities, on which steady and good interest pledge ourselves to continue in co-operation with the , tu rns are assured, '\Vith full return of principal. several bureaus and d epartments of the government "Savings Stamps and Treasury Savings Corti-and also such other organizations or agencies as are ates will be available again next year at banks engaged in promoting public and private thrift. gi d postoffices, . Liberty .be pur"We especially pledge ourselves to support and a sed at or througn bankmg. msbtut10n." 1 work f . or the success of the thrift plans being made The for Thnft Week, as at for the week beginning January 7, 1920, 'Qy the War e sent tentatively planned, is as follows: Loan Organization of the Treasury Department.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. l laid back, he tore over the now dangerously declini TRAPPING A GRIZZLY path with a speed that was truly wonderful. Still in my rear pressed the fearful brute, som By Col. Ralph Fenton. times gaining slightly, and anon, as the path gre le vel, falling behind, upon which occasions he wou The shades of evening were gathering fast, and give vent to a roar of disappointment that seem already the ravine below was enwrapped in a gloom to shake the very rocks around. through which objects were scarcely discernible, as I determined to hazard a shot, h oping by so I rode along a narrow path that swept around one of fortunate chance to disable or perhaps to deter hi the many spurs of the Nevada mountains. from further pursuit. I had been over to a neighboring ranch to look af-Reaching to the holsters for one of my revolve1 ter some cattle, and happening to find a jovial set of I tightly grasped the reins at short hold, and tur fellows congregated there, had stayed longer than I ing slightly in the saddle, took quick aim and fire had intended, or, in fact, was prudent, for the In-A roar of pain followed the crack of the pist dians were unusually bad that summer, and had al-and at the same instant I felt my horse pitch fo ready committed many depredations. ward on his knees, and then, after struggling fl.ere The mezcal had, as a matter of course, circulated ly for a moment turn upon his side. freely, and as I rode home with my favorite horse As the animal fell I picked my feet from the sti beneath me-a thoroughbred of an almost human-rups and remained standing astride his body, st like intelligence-I felt that lightness of spirit that bear was not more than twe is said to always accompany the pecu liar condition superinduced by a free use of the ardent. ty-five or _thirt;y yards cha1:ging with . As my horse slowly picked his way along the nar-most ferocity, his. mouth wide open still, from wh1 row and rocky defile, I gave vent to my feelings in the was a well-remembered song. I Wi t h a hastily muttered prayer for help, I aga I w_as once or twice from plea sant the shot the brute slightly paused , shook h to evmce a good deal of by a huge head and with a savage growl raised hims whmny now and then, or else by to ssmg his head imh" h ' d fe t 1 h t d t "ff th b th t upon is m e l pabent_y as e 0 sm e .reeze a came H e appeared to feel that I was in his power, al;l from directly me as I thus. IOde. . . . hi s very look seemed to say as much. I glanced me, but observmg no md1cabons Tha t brief respite saved my life. of danger, I agam resumed my song and 01: My gallant horse was still struggling to regain I was doomed to a sudden and startlmg rnterfe e t , and wondering what it could be that preven ruptwn. . his doing so, I glanced downwards, and to my hOj A savage growl, that mad_e my h?rse sprrng ror di sc overed that the cork of the left hind forward, sounded m my had in some manner been caught in a root th and back I beheld a g1:izzly bear, with c rossed tl:e path, and which was holding fast beyof1 mouth wide open and eyes glarrng with hungry fury, the hop e of release unless the shoe itself shou8 charging down the narrow path at full s peed. way under his efforts. Although well armed wit? both rifle and revolvers, Speaking an encouraging word, and slightly jeti I that there was n? time to sh o": fight, and so, . in g the reins, I induced the frightened animal to (' diggmg the spurs deep rnto my. horse s flank, I fl.ed new his struggles, just as the bear had again dropp at a break-n eck pace down the side of the mountarn. on all fours and came charging upon me. a The grizzly bear can make but poor headway up . Once more I fir ed, and then dropping the weapf hill, but give_ him a road, let the decline I drew my long sheath-knife for the final struge,1 be ever so slight, and he will put the fleetest horse Another instant and the fearful combat worb on his mettle. have begun; I felt the hot and fetid breath of Well mounted as I was, and trusting fully to the monster upon my cheek; I saw the g lare of his Sf E excellent qualities of the animal I bestrode, yet the j age eyes close to my face; the c av ernous mouth ef.h conviction fixed itself upon my mind that a single j its rows of long sharp teeth was grinning misstep or the slightest stumble would bring the Again I commended my s oul on high, w!oen w.. 1 fierce brute upon me, and then I knew that the tale I a last de sperate effort the shoe gave way, and it would soon be told, for it was rare indeed that even ' brave ho r se sprang to his feet, raising me with E the most experienced hunters ever escaped with as h e did so , and in another in stant was tea n from a hand-to-hand conflict with the animal that madly down the rocky defile. s, was panting in my rear. J The trying incid ents of the last few mom . My horse seemed to be actuated with the same deseemed to have lent renewed speed to my ho 1 0 sire with which I myself was possessed, namely, to feet, and in a short time we debouched upon put as much space between his pursuer and himself plain below, where Bruin, knowing it would be as possible, and so, with outstretched neck, and ears less to follow, gave up the chase.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 A good deal unnerved, I rod e homewards, arriving f I had fallen into a d eepe r nap than u s ual , when my ranch in time for supper. i I was suddenly awak ene d by the voice of Joe Hum-Here I found two or three friends stopping for the I ley, w ho whispered in my ear: ht, and among them an old acquaintance w ho m I I "The calf's stopped bleating all of a sudden. The s more than glad to tak e o nce more by the hand. bear's about, dead sure; so wake up, and keep your Joe Rumley was known upon the border as one eyes skinned." f the most daring and successful h unter s of the day. He had scarcely ceased when he abruptly jerked Joe was intensely interest e d in my description of his arm up, and pointing to an open space on the e evening's adventure, and w h e n I had finished, 1 opposite s ide from where he stood, said: eclared that he intended making meat of that iden" Lo o k there!" ical "bar," or, to use his o w n . ex p ressi on , " hump I did look, just in time to see the bear make his is back a-trying." rus h upo n the now silent and frightened calf. The next morning Joe began his preparations A savage yell, as he fastened upon his prey, a r the capture of the grizzly. sharp click, and the trigger flew high in air, and A young calf was caught, and led by a lasso to a then with a crash the heavy tree descended directly pot near whe re my horse had fallen, and was there across the bear's loins, crushing him to the • ea while the trap was being constructed. earth. A tree eight e en or twenty inches in diameter was For a few moments there was an awful struggle, lled as near the path as possible , and the bra:ches as the immen se beas t strove in vain to free himself pped off for some distance up the trunk. from the weight that held him down, and the moun The "dead fall" was now ready for the triggers tain re-echoed again and again with his roars of d bait. pain and rage. t The former was constructed of a cou pl e of stout we opened a rap id fire upon our now . helpless foe, k rails. .and in a few minutes had the s atisfaction of seeing . An upr ight, five feet long , the end slightly flathis stru ggles entirely cease. ed, upon which was to r es t the long trigger that S ending fo r the hor ses and rop es, we dragged him ojected backward directly under the body of the to the ranch, where he was finally disposed of n. e and immediat e ly over the calf, which was among the neighbors. e etched upon the earth and bound to a stout stake I have yet one of those terrible claws, and someven firmly in the ground. Upon this upright the times, when I come across it, I think with a shudder L e was to re st. of that f earful afternoon amid the Nev a da mount was the old figure-four plan of setting a trap, tains. h h the diff ere nce tha t there were only two triggers. .. ..... .. t he tree was raised by means of levers, the trig-s set, the calf bound to the stake, and the dead CANADIAN SOLDIERS TRAINING FOR PEACE. was complete . Canada is training 19 ,29 0 ex-soldiers in the arts h here was a chance that the bear might take it peace , according to Col. Clark, M. P., Par, his head to come down during the day , but it Iiam entary Secretary . H e said that at the end of the scarcely possible. fiscal year the cost of the Department of Soldiers e returned to the ranch to await night, and then Civil would run up to $57,000,?00, ied out for the scene of action. and that probably a like amount would be reqmred here was a tolerably good moon, just right for to continue the work for the next two years. purpose, light enough to see through the sights While the war is practically over and demobilizarifle at short range, and yet not enough to betion almost complete, we are maintaining another our hiding-places to the bear as she should dearmy, who are being trained in' the arts of peace and d the mountain. 'not in t,he arts of war. These are disabled men and e wind was in our favor, and blew from the miners who are being vocationally trained. ter in which we . expected our game. That army numbers to-day 19,290, each one of e took up our positions in a thicket in easy range whom draws pay and allowance ranging from $60 e trap, and then prepared to exercise our pato $150, according to the number of dependents, e e as well might be. while taking a course of training averaging seven w e hours wore slowly on, and in deep silence we months. Moreover, we have 6,556 receiving free d ited the approach of our quarry. medical treatment with pay and allowance at our e bleating of the calf was now continuous, and hospitals, and 12,000 more receiving free medical new that if the bear was within a scope of two treatment without pay and allowances. , or even more, he would be pretty sure to scent The number applying for vocational training is rey. still large, the increase for last week being 1,368. me dnight had come and gone. The expenditure on this work is a national investtor ozed as I sat with my back against a fall en piece ment, since it encourages the disabled man to be ber. come a worker and a producer.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. T HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 26, 1919. 1 description,' and was therefore quite particular selecting a hiding place . A days later s thought she would take a look at her hidden trea I ure, with the view of assm-ing herself that t .----------------------""' money was where she had hidden it, but on goi TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slngle Copies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • . • • • . . . • . . • • • • • • .OG Cents One Copy Three :Months............................ .7.> Cents One Copy Six .Uont!1 s .......•.......• : .....•..•.... $1. 50 One Copy One Year................................ 3.00 POST AG E FREE HOW TO SEKD )fO •. EY-At our risk send P. 0. Order, Check o r Letter; rem i in an) ot1ter way are at your ri,k. We nccept PoMage Stamps tl'e same cash. When SC'ntllub wrap the Co1n in a separate or paper to a<'olcl cuttiu!' the envelope. \\"rite your uaroe and address plainly. _\ddre8s letters to ' N. Hastings TI' olfT, Pres. TOUSEY, Publisher E. Byrne. Treas. Charles E. Nylander, sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES to the place her surprise can easily be imagin 11 when, on placing her hand where the money oug to have been, she discovered that it was gone. Ma tcrs remained in that condition up to a few da I ago, w hen, hearing a iat traveling around the hou the id ea struck her that rats were the real pu Joiners of her money . Going to work with a vi she was not long in ripping up two or three pla from the floor of one of the rooms of the house , a:n instituting a close search, was greatly elated to flb that l'Odents had actunlly s1.olen the money, pack it away, and made a cozy bed of it, for there was before her eyes. Every bill was found intao not dollar missing. I •• ...... •• i l GRINS AND CHUCKLES Three separate and distinct sounds are given by Topfloor (irritably)-Say, shut that door, , , an electric bell which operates on onlinary light-yolt. Were you brought up in a bJ.rn? Office Bo).E ing current by means of a transformer. In the home No, sir; in the elevator. e the bell can be connected with push baj;tons infl sta1led at three different doors, front, kitchen, and Visitor-And what are you in for, my good ma; sidE!, for example. When one button is a Prisoner-Rc1bbery at a summer hotel. Visitor-e1 clear ring resul ts, when the second is operated a -which were you, proprietor or headwaiter? buzz is produced, and when the third button is . . . . . 11 : pushed a combined buzz and ring tesults. In the He-The maJor ls gomg to be married agam. office orshop this bell will prove most useful since i Why, when his wife died he said that the lighrt it can ?e to call three different persons without his life ?ad out. He-There'.s no r:ason wh)'ei necess1tatmg them to count the number of rings, as shouldn t stuke another match, is the1e? iri must be done the customary signaling " . . ,, d system is employed. This bell has no contact points Man .only ammal uses bo to burn out, no batteries to replace. the proh1b1t10111st, who had JOmed the Anb-tob;uJ A species of ants living on the sem iarid plains of Texas cultivate areas of grass about their dwellings. On the cultivated space, which may have an area of ten to fifteen feet, only one kind of grass is allowed to grow, and it is said that the s eed s of this grass are planted by the ants. Roads are laid out regularly, radiating from the hill across the plain, and the shoots of undesirable plants are promptly nibbled off as fast as they appear among the crnps . When the harvest of the protected grass is ripe the ants col lect the seeds and convey them along a radi::tting highway to the littl e rooms in their hills. Interesting and wonderful i s the economy of these tiny inLeaprn. "Yes," replied the Rounder. "And ]\. also the only animal that is always minding of 10 people's business." The head of the college was very angry. so'h. confess that this unfortunate young man was c;tri to the pump and drenche d with water? Now}v pal't d i d yotl take in this disgraceful affafr ?" 1 t B left leg, sii-," replied the undergraduate meekly} Wife (in railway train)-It's mo1tifying to 8 you act so. Why don't you get up and he! young lady raise that window? Dutiful Hus hiJ She's so pretty I was afraid you'd be mad. a sects. They may, when tl:e colonies are large Wife-Now, if you intend to give me a bi enou g h, d.o considerable damage to gram present, you needn't go to one of those Cheap c m fields where their mounds are reated and the J ninety-nine-cent stores for it. Husband-No, i d clearings made. , my love Hanothe expense! I'll go to a dollar it I . ,,, m A short time ago Mrs. Mike Huller, who keeps a I Mrs. Malade (weakly)-! wish to explain me grocery at Eighth and Elm streets, Henderson, Ky., again about willing my property. Family Soli hid away where she could eas ily find it $76 in bills ' There, there; don't worry yourself. Leave i t for use at a time when necessity or desire required Mrs. Malade (resignedly)-! suppose I it. She thought of thieves, but not of the l'Odent i well. You'll get it anyway.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 27 . ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST WILD TURKEYS ABOUND. P ennsylvania is believed to have mo1e wild turkeys o w than in twentyfive years, according to Seth E. ordon, Acting Secretary of the Game Commission. He ha s just returned from visits to central and uthem counties. The weather conditions have been vorable for propagation and the State authorities ,.e bought numerous turkeys and turned them ose to breed. In some sections of the State, where turkeys had en almost e.tinct, this p lan has resulted in noticele incr eases. Flocks of as high as twenty-five rds have been reported from some counties . The ild turk ey season opens November 15, and lasts teen d ays . ANIMAL ELECTROCUTION. Recently, at a Los Angeles ' motion-picture colony, re took place an interesting electrocution, the tim in this case being a big leopard which had n emp loyed filming so-called "animal stuff." Bese of the treacherous attitude of this leopard, it s decided to execute him before injury befell any th e plarers. At fast shooting \Vas decided upon, in view o.f the extreme beauty o f the animal's 1 t, electrocution \ms finally adopted. A large I plate was placed on the floor of the cage, and ire fastened to the animal's leg. When the leod was finally coaxed over to the steel plate, the 0-volt current was switched on for an instant, ltin g in the immediate death of the erstwhile i0n-picture performer. been killed and taken daily, while probably as many more thousands of mutilated fish sink to the bottom . Some of the White Head fishermen estimated the catc h , or rather the :Kill, in one day recently at 37,500, and as thirteen boats have since then been added to the fleet the slaughter must now be much greater. The fishermen are not only ignorant of the proper method of handlin g the dynamite, but also very careless, and many acci dents have occurred. A youn g man on board a pollock boat held a stick of the explosive too long in his hand while igniting the fuse and the dynamite exp loded while he held it, blowing him twenty feet away over the rail. His body was picked up in fragments. Another man on the vessel was maimed. In most cases the cartridge i s suspended from a block of wood by a piece of ratline stuff two or three fathoms long. The l ine is wound around the wood, the fuse is lighted and the whole thrown overboard. The weight of the cartridge unwinds the line, and when the dynamite reaches the proper depth-the explosion occurs, right in among the pollock school, killing the fish by hundreds. On one occasion in throwing out a cartridge the line caught on the end of the main boom. The five men of the crew could not get the line clear and immediately thre\v themselves face down on deck. The boom was torn from the jaws, but the men escaped u ninjured. On another boat the line caught around the mast, and all hands on board would havebeen killed had not one of the men had the presence of mind to cut FISHING WITH DYNAMITE the lin e and throw the cartridge overboard. The he killin g of fish by the explosion of dynamite exp losion came as the dynamite touched the water 0 I ridges is great slaughter among the I and threw up a pillar of water such as is raised by a, y pollock schools m Passamaquoddy Bay and in a whirlwind. , Bay of Fundy, and also great y tement am ong the fishermen, there have been several accis and one death from the u se of t lp m1 e. ba hile the Canadian fishery cruis ave been ordered to prevent the g of fish with dynamite within irt t erritorial limit s, the practise is ap g carried on my many boats in in d Manan waters, both within ithout the limit, and more fish illed in one da y by the dynat method than have usually been 1 . . i n an entire season in nets and ) !Cl it awls. ig pollock recently began to 1 , and ever since they put appearance thousands have ATTENTION, SCENARIO WRITERS! Get the New Book on Scenario Construction SCENARIOS HowTo Write Them By JAMES P. COGAN Price 35 Cents Per Copy It contains all the m os t recent changes in the method of construction and submission of scenarios. Sixty Less ons, covering every phase of scenario writing, from the most elemental to the most advanced principles. This treatise covers everything a person must know in order to become a successful scenario writer. , All the newest wrinkles are clearly e:i::plained, and every known good point is shown, to increase your chance of selling your work. FOR SALE BY ALL NEWS-DEALERS AND BOOK STORES. If you cannot procure a copy, send us the price, 35 cents, in money or postage stamps, and we will mail you one, po stage free. Address: L. SENARENS, Number 219 Seventh Avenue, New York, N. Y.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTERES T FISHING BY MICROPHONE. Norwegian fishermen are using a species of submarine telephone to aid them in their work. A mi crophone is lowered from a fis hing boat and connected by a wire to a telephone in the boat. The fisherman listens at the instrument and when the fish hold a meeting the listening device rec ords the disturbance. FISH HAS HORNS. Some very peculiar fish have been . caught in a pool on the Conley farm, near Osc eola, Ia., and of them is on di splay in a store window here. D espite the fact that hundreds have exam ined the fish, n o one can identi fy it. It is four inches long and in color and shape resembles a cat fish. It has gills and fins on the top of its tail. It also has horns on its head and four legs similar to a frog. FAMILY TOO BIG. When the family of J. B. Clothie r, a farmer of western Reno County; Kan., has a Sunday dinner , it has to be held out in the yard. There are fourteen grown sons and daughters in the Clothier family, most of them married and with families of their own. Eleven of the Clothier boys own farms in western Reno. J. B. Clothier's father had thirteen children, all grown. TIMBER WOLF KILLED. After terrorizing the inhabitants of Anton county, Kentucky, for many months, the timber wolf that has killed sheep, calves and dogs was killed by Isaiah Burden one morning re cently on "The Point," near Pink Nall's farm. The animal was brou gh t here and exhibited at the Garrick Theater. It weig h ed about seventy-five pounds. SA VE.D LIFE; GETS $169,000. Elmer Flickinger of Columbi ana, 0., today is $169,000 richer because he saved the life of a Montgomery, Ala., woman two years ago . Flickinger, while a private in the 37th (Ohio National Guard) Division, in training at Camp Sheridan, rescued the woman in a runaway accident. The other day he was noti fied by an agent of the Cohassett Iron and Mining Company that by the woman's will leases of mining rights on lands near Montgomery had been given to him. TOKIO CARD TRICK. You place lh-e cards in a hat. H.emo,e one ot them nncl then a:-;k vour audience l1nw ninny rem:..ii11. Upon ex amination tbf."" remnining four vnni!'hf'd. A very ch ... ,er trkk. Price lO c . by mail, postpaid, with d i1ection s . 11. F. LA:SG, 1 8 15 C entre St .. B 'klyn, N. Y . TUE HELLO l'UZZLE. Can you get the ring otr? This puzzle is the latest ere ation of Yankee ingenuity. Apparently it is the easiest thing in the world to remove the ring from the b lock, but it takes hours ot study to discover the trick unless you know bow it is done. Price, by mall. postpaid. lOc; 3 for 25c, ll. F. LA:\"G, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn. N. Y . SllERIFF BADGE. \\ ith this badgo at tacbed to your coat or >est you can show the I.Joys that you are a sllerift, and it they don't behaYo t h em sehes you might lock them up. It is a l.Jeautl ful nickel-platPd badge, 2V.. l>y 21h inche s in size, with the H.r Heck" In uickel letters on the face of It. "Ith a pin on the back for attaching it to your cloth ing. Send for and barn >ome fun with the hoys. Price 15 cents. or s !or 40 cent s ; sent b 7 mail, post paid. U. 1 ". I.ANG, 1815 Cftatrc S t., B 'klyn, N. RUBBEU \ 'ACUt"l\I SUC.KEitS. The latest novelty out! Dishes and plat!i will stlck to the table, cups to the sauce!' like glue. Put one unde r a glass and then tr:v to lift It. You can't. Lots o! tun. i\iways put it on a smooth surface and we t the rubber. lllan.v other tricks can be a c • with this novelty. Price. 12 ds. egch by mail. postpaicl. FUANK S'.\UTH, 521 W. 134th St., Ne\V Yor TRIC1' cur. J \Iade of natural white wood turned. wit two compartmcuts; n round, l.Jlark ball fit on those compartments; the other Is a sta tlonarv hall. Hv a little prnctice you m:i k the 1>1;1ck b n l! ,;ani sh; a great trick n oveltJ nnd immenRe Price toe. postpaid. WOLFJ<' XOYEl/l'Y CO .. 16S W. 23

THROW YOUR VOICE r. Learn to throw your voice into a , trunk, under the bed, outin the hall or anywhere. Lots of F U N fooling the Teacher. Janitor, Policeman or Frien

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES965 The Ubert:o Tloys and Harlem Ileig-hts. !\66 'l'he Lil•Prt) Boys on Ra<'coon Ford. tbe Terror; or. The Masked Spy of the Rapid Anna; or, Tbe Fight at Fierce Retreat; or, Driven ont of Mnn967 The Boys' hattan. 068 'l.'h e J,1 herty Doys w!tb Hnnd's R!fiemen; or, The Flight of t be Hrssians, 909 The Liberty Boys nt Tnrrant's Ta'<"ern; or, Surprised by Tarleton, nm The Lllwrt;r ft<'>YR' Prum Bent; or, Cal11ng Out the Patriots. 071 The Liberty JloyN In n 'lght Place; or, Dick Slater's Lucky Shot, 072 Tlrn lrlbeFtY ll by all new•llMlers, or will tie seht to any address o n FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, r eceipt ot price, 6 cents per copy, In money or pastege stamps'. h,168 West 23d St., N . Y . IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procu r e them f rom n ewsdealers, they can be obtained from the publishers direct. Write oat and fill in your Order and send it with the p rice o f the weeklies y_ou want, and the weeklies will be you by return m ail. POS TAG E STAM P S ' TAKEN THE SAME AS M O NEY. OUR TEN-CENT H AND BOOKS No. 48. HOW TO lllAK.E AND USE ELEC-N o . GO. ROW TO BECOME A PHOTO G -No, 73. HOW T O DO TRICKS WITH TRICITY.-A description ot the wonderful RAPHER.-Contalnlng useful Information NUl\IBERS.-Sbowlng many curious tricks 1 uses of electricity and electro magnetism; to-regarding the Camera and how to work It; with figures and the magic of numbers. By i getber with full instructions for making 11.lso how t o make Photographic Magic LanA. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George tern Slides and other T ransparencies. Hand-No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETT E R S Trebel, A.111., M.D. Containing over tl!ty 11-somely Ulustra t e d . CORRECTLY.-Cont11inlng full instructions lustrations. N o . 62. HOW TO BECOME A. WEST tor writing letters on almost any subject: No. 47. 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HOW TO TELL FORTUNES DJI bandy book tor boys, contain-CADET.--Complete instructions of bow to 'l\HE JIAND.-Containing rules for Ing full dirertions for constructing canoes gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Acad-fortunes by tbe aid of lines of the band. or aud the most popular manner of sailing emy. Also containing the course of lnstruc-tbe secret of palmistry. Also tbe secret of tbem. Fully illustrated. tlon, description of grounds and buildings, telling future events by aid of moles, marks, No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glving rules historical . sketch, and everything a boy scars, etc. Illustrated. for conducting debates, outlines tor debates, should know to become a n o!l'icer in the No. 77. HOW TO DO F ORTY TRICKS questions for uiscussion, and the best United States Navy. By Lu Senarens. "WITH CARDS.-Contalning deceptiYe Card sources for procuring information on the N o . 6.f. HOW TO llIAKE ELECTRICAL Tricks as performed by leading conjurers question given llIACHINES.-Containlng full directions for and magicians. Arrange d for home amu se-No. 50. HO'V TO STUFF BIRDS AND making electrical machines, Induction coils, ment. l<'ully I ANBIALS.-A ..-aluable book, giving instruc-dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART . tions in rollectiug, preparing, mounting and by electricity, B y R. A . R. Bennet. Fully -Containing a complete description of the preserYlng birds, animals and insects. illustrated. . mysteries of Magic and Sleight-of-band, to-N Tb getber with many wonderful experiments. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH No. 65. l\IULDOO 'S JOKES.e mpst By A . Anderson. Illustrated. CARDS.-<;ontaluingf explantatfions of thlie 1: No. 79. 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Also ex-the manner and method of rnlslng, keeping, I HAND.-Contalnlng over fifty of tbe latest plaining phrenology. anu tbe key of telling . and best tricks used by magicians. Also b t t tl I h l cl tammg. hreeding. and managing all kinds containina the secret of second sight. Fully c arac e r s 'Y ie Jumps on t e iea . y of pets : a lso giving full instructions for illustrated. Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. Fully Illustrated. making cages. etc. Fully explained by No. 83. HOW TO IIYPNOTIZE.-Contnln-twenty-Pight illustrations. N11. 70. HOW TO MAKE l\IAGIC valuable and instructive information re-No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAlllPS Contaiuing full directions for making Magic garding the science of b:opnotism. Also exA"ND COINS.-Contninini:r Ynlunble informs-Toys and devices of many kinds. Fully iiplaining tile most approved methods "hieb tlon regarding the collecting and arranging lust rated. are em ployed by the leading hypnotists o f of stamps and coins. Handsomely illus-No. 71. R O W TO D O l\IECHANICAL tlle world. By Leo Hugo Korh, A.C.8. trate d. TRJCKS.-Containlng complete illustrations No. 84. -llOW TO BECO)IE AN AUTHOR. No. 56. HOW TO BECOlllE AN EN-for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. -Containing information r egRr


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